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  Featured Bird Pictures - November 2016

Current Weather at the Birdhouses and Feeders  

Update: November 23, 2016

The Downy has returned.

Update: November 21, 2016
  
Our roosting Downy did not return last night. It might have been because of the very high winds here last night, or maybe he just decided to move to a different location. We will keep monitoring the birdhouse for the next week to see if he returns.

Update: November 9,
2016 

Watch our video of the Downy entering the birdhouse to roost for the night - VIDEO (.mp4)


Update: November 4, 2016


The migrating winter birds are returning to this area. Juncos have been visiting the feeders recently as well as a Red-breasted Nuthatch.  The White-breasted Nuthatches are common in the area, but the Red-breasted Nuthatch is fairly rare here. A Downy Woodpecker has been roosting in the round-hole birdhouse the past week. When we see him in there, we will switch to the camera inside the birdhouse. We have also spotted a Hairy Woodpecker at the suet feeders. He looks similar to the Downy, but is larger than the male Downy pictured below.



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2016 Nesting Season 


The Third Bluebird Nest of the 2016 Season


June 17, 2016:  The bluebirds began building another new nest in the slotted birdhouse
June 20, 2016:  The bluebird laid her first egg
June 21, 2016:  The second egg was laid at 8:56 am
June 22, 2016:  The third egg was laid at 8:33 am
June 23, 2016:  The fourth egg was laid at 9:57 am
June 24, 2016:  The incubation period has begun
July    6, 2016:  The first egg hatched about 5:50 am
July    6, 2016:  The second egg hatched about 9:50 am
July    7, 2016:  The third egg hatched at 4:55 am
July    8, 2016:  The nestling phase begins
July    9, 2016:  During the night, the nest was raided and destroyed by a predator

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The Second Bluebird Nest of the 2016 Season


May   4, 2016:  The bluebirds began building a new nest in the slotted birdhouse
May   9, 2016:  The bluebird laid her first egg
May 10, 2016:  The bluebird laid her second egg about 9:25 am
May 11, 2016:  The bluebird laid her third egg at 9:22 am
May 12, 2016:  The bluebird laid her fourth egg at 9:30 am
May 13, 2016:  The bluebird laid her fifth egg about 10:30 am

May 14, 2016:  The incubation period began
May 26, 2016:  The first egg hatched about 6:00 am
May 26, 2016:  The second egg hatched about 11:30 am
May 26, 2016:  The third egg hatched about 2:00 pm
May 26, 2016:  The fourth egg hatched about 3:00 pm
May 27, 2016:  The fifth egg hatched at 12:20 pm
May 27, 2016:  The nestling phase begins
May 28, 2016:  One of the nestlings died and was removed from the nest by the parents
June 11, 2016: Two of the nestlings fledged between 5 pm and 7 pm
June 12, 2016: The third nestling fledged at 3:05 pm
June 12, 2016: The fourth nestling fledged at 3:55 pm   Watch video - Click here
June 12, 2016: Birdhouse cleaned out at 6:30 pm - Waiting for a new nest build


The First Bluebird Nest of the 2016 Season


April 13, 2016   The bluebirds began building a new nest in the slotted birdhouse
April 23, 2016:  Bluebirds began building a nest in the round-hole birdhouse

April 26, 2016:  The first egg of this season was laid at about 8:55 am in the round-hole birdhouse.
April 28, 2016:  EGGS DESTROYED:  Unfortunately, at about 10:25 am today, a wren entered the bluebird nest and destroyed the eggs.
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May   2, 2016:   We cleaned out the nest from the birdhouse with the hope that another nest will be built.

 


 



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Our Bluebirds are around all year.  Each morning beginning around 7:00 am they visit our window meal worm feeder. We have recorded a brief video of the Bluebirds visiting the feeder.  Play Video

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See the full chronology of all the events of past Bluebird Nesting Seasons below

 

 
 


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Chronology of events of Past Bluebird Nesting Seasons


2015 Nesting Season


The Fourth Bluebird Nest of the 2015 Season


July  08, 2015:  The bluebirds began building a new nest in the birdhouse
July  14, 2015:  The first egg was laid about 8 am
July  15, 2015:  The second egg was laid about 8 am
July  16, 2015:  The third egg was laid about 8:10 am
July  17, 2015:  The fourth egg was laid about 10:05 am
July  18, 2015:  The incubation period has begun
July  30, 2015:  The first egg hatched in the early morning, the second around 2:30 pm
July  31, 2015:  The third egg hatched about 6:00 am
August 01, 2015:  The nestling period has begun
August 15, 2015:  The first nestling fledged mid-morning
August 16, 2015:  The second and third nestling fledges about 10:00 am
August 18, 2015:  Cleaned out the slotted birdhouse.


 


The Third Bluebird Nest of the 2015 Season


June 08, 2015: The bluebirds began building a new nest in the cleaned cleaned-out birdhouse
June 12, 2015: The bluebird laid her first egg in the new nest at 10:40am
June 13, 2015: The second egg was laid about 10:45am
June 14, 2015: The third egg was laid about 10:45am
June 15, 2015: The fourth egg was laid about 10:05am
June 16, 2015: The fifth egg was laid late morning or early afternoon
June 17, 2015: The incubation period has begun (12 to 14 days)
June 28, 2015: The first egg hatched at 2:58 pm 
June 29, 2015: The second, third, and fourth egg hatched in the morning
June 30, 2015: The fifth egg hatched early in the morning
July  01, 2015:  The nest was raided by a predator last night.
 


 


The Second Bluebird Nest of the 2015 Season


May 29, 2015: The first pieces of nesting material appeared in the morning
                        for the second nest of the season
June 4, 2015: The first egg was laid in the morning
June 5, 2015: The second egg was laid about 9:30am
June 5, 2015:  Between 10:00 am and 1:30pm, a wren entered the birdhouse
                        and destroyed both eggs. They were found on the ground
                        under the birdhouse.
June 6, 2015:  The birdhouse has been cleaned out to wait for another nest
 


 


The First Bluebird Nest of the 2015 Season


April 04, 2015: The first few pieces of nesting material appeared in the slotted bird house
April 07, 2015: Nest building has begun in earnest
April 16, 2015: Nest building appears near completion
April 21, 2015: The first was laid 9:53 am
April 22, 2015: The second egg was laid about 10:57 am
April 23, 2015: The third egg was laid late morning
April 24, 2015: The fourth egg was laid late morning
April 25, 2015: The fifth egg was laid about 12:40 pm
April 25, 2015: The incubation period began
April 30, 2015: One of the eggs was noticed missing. It was probably infertile
                          or damaged and removed by the female bluebird
May  09, 2015: The first egg hatched about 9:45am
May  09, 2015: The second egg hatched about 11:10am
May  09, 2015: The third egg hatched about 3:00pm
May  10, 2015: The nestling period has begun
May  26, 2015: The first nestling fledged about 5:30 pm
May  26, 2015: The second nestling fledged about 7:30 pm
May  27, 2015: The third nestling fledged at 8:25 am
May  28, 2015: Cleaned out the birdhouse in preparation for a possible second nest
 


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2014 Nesting Season


The Second Bluebird Nest of the 2014 Season


May  31, 2014: The first nesting material appeared in the slotted bird house
June   6, 2014: The first egg was laid at 9:00 am
June   7, 2014: The second egg was laid at 9:23 am
June   8, 2014: The third egg was laid at 9:04 am
June   9, 2014: The fourth egg was laid at 10:20 am
June 10, 2014:  Beginning of the incubation period
June 22, 2014: The first egg hatched at 2:20 pm
June 22, 2014: The second egg hatched at 7:00 pm
June 23, 2014: The third and fourth eggs hatched during early morning hours
June 23, 2014:  Beginning of the nestling period - 16 to 21 days
July    9, 2014:  All the nestlings fledged between 11:15 and 11:45 am


The First Bluebird Nest of the 2014 Season


April   1, 2014: The first nesting material appeared in the slotted bird house
April 12, 2014: The first egg was laid at 10:41 am
April 13, 2014: The second egg was laid about 10:30 am
April 14, 2014: The third egg was laid about 10:12 am
April 15, 2014: The fourth egg was laid about 10:05 am
April 16, 2014: The fifth egg was laid about 12:10 pm
April 17, 2014: The incubation period began
April 30, 2014: The first egg hatched around 9:00 am
April 30, 2014: The second egg hatched around 10:00 am
April 30, 2014: The third egg hatched around 10:45 am
April 30, 2014: The fourth egg hatched around 12:45 am
May    1, 2014: The fifth egg hatched around 6:30 am
May    1, 2014: The nestling period has now begun
May  17, 2014: The nestlings fledged between 12:50 pm and 1:40 pm

Here are a few pictures of two of the fledglings in the trees right after leaving the nest. Click here

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2013 Nesting Season

2013 Chronology - The Third Bluebird Nest of the Season


July  5, 2013:   Cleaned out the slotted birdhouse from the previous nest
July  8, 2013:   The first nesting material appeared in the slotted bird house
July 13, 2013:  The first egg was laid at 9:30 am
July 14, 2013:  The second egg was laid at 9:30 am
July 15, 2013:  The third egg was laid at 9:51 am

July 16, 2013:  The fourth egg was laid at 10:38 am
July 17, 2013:  The incubation period began 
July 29, 2013:  The first two eggs hatched between 5:45 am and 6:00 am
July 29, 2013:  The third egg hatched about 1:15 pm
Note:               The fourth egg did not hatch
July 30, 2013:  The nestling period began
Aug.14, 2013:  The nestlings left the nest today - the last one left at 7:13 pm



2013 Chronology - The Second Bluebird Nest of the Season


May 26, 2013:  First nesting material appears in the slotted bluebird house
May 31, 2013:  The first egg was laid at 10:45 am
June 1, 2013:  The second egg was laid at 10:42 am
June 2, 2013:  The third egg was laid at 10:39 am

June 3, 2013:  The fourth egg was laid at 10:20 am
June 4, 2013:  The fifth egg was laid in the late morning
June 5, 2013:  The incubation period began
June 16, 2013: The first egg hatched about 2:20 pm
June 17, 2013: The second, third, and fourth eggs hatched in the morning
June 18, 2013: The fifth egg hatched about 1:00 pm
June 19, 2013:
The nestling period began
July    3, 2013:  All the baby bluebirds left the nest, one day earlier than expected



2013 Chronology - The First Bluebird Nest of the Season


March 29, 2013:  First nesting material appears in the slotted bluebird house
April   11, 2013:  The first egg was laid at 9:54 am
April   12, 2013:  The second egg was laid at 10:29 am
April   13, 2013:  The third egg was laid at 10:15 am
April   14, 2013:  The fourth egg was laid at 10:24 am
April   15, 2013:  The fifth egg was laid at 11:45 am
April   16, 2013:  The incubation period began
April   28, 2013:  The first egg hatched at 7:15 am
April   28, 2013:  The second egg hatched at 8:15 am
April   28, 2013:  The third egg hatched about 11:45 am
April   29, 2013:  The fourth egg hatched about 12:45 pm

Note:                  The fifth egg did not hatch
April   30, 2013:  The nestling period began
May    16, 2013:  The young bluebirds left the nest in the morning

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2012 Nesting Season
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2012 Chronology - The Fourth Nest Season

August 15, 2012:  New nesting material appeared in the slotted birdhouse
August 20, 2012:  The first egg was laid at 12:30 pm
August 22, 2012:  The second egg was laid at 7:50 am
August 23, 2012:  The third egg was laid at 8:00 am
August 24, 2012:  The fourth egg was laid at 10:05 am
August 25, 2012:  The incubation period began

September 6, 2012: The eggs hatched
September 27, 2012: All of the hatchlings fledged between 3:15 pm and 3:45 pm

Detailed History of this nest

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2012 Chronology - The Third Nest of the Season

July   4, 2012:  New nesting material is added to both birdhouses early in the morning.
July   4, 2012:  The first egg was laid in the round hole birdhouse at 9:40 am
July   5, 2012:  The second egg was laid at 11:10 am
July   6, 2012:  The third egg was laid at 12:50 pm
July   8, 2012:  The fourth egg was laid in late morning.
July   9, 2012:  A cat attacks the nest, but does destroy the eggs.
Cat Attack
July   9, 2012:  The incubation period began.
July 20, 2012:  The first egg hatched
July 21, 2012:  The second and third eggs hatched
July 22, 2012:  The fourth egg hatched
July 26, 2012:  One of the nestlings died and was removed from the nest by the mother
August 7, 2012: All of the hatchlings fledged between 10 am and 1:45 pm

Detailed History of this nest

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2012 Chronology - The Second Nest of the Season

May 25, 2012:  Nesting material appears in both birdhouses.
May 30, 2012:  The first egg was laid in the slotted birdhouse at 8:53 am.
                       The round hole nest was abandoned.
May 31, 2012:  The second egg was laid at 8:45 am.
June  1, 2012:  The third egg was laid at 8:50 am
June  1, 2012:  Predator destroyed the first three eggs midday.
June  2, 2012:  Another egg was laid at 8:55 am. This would have been the fourth egg.
June  3, 2012:  Another egg was laid at 10:45 am. This would have been the fifth egg.
June  4, 2012:  Incubation began.
June 17, 2012:
Both eggs hatched in the early morning hours .
June 18, 2012: One of the hatchlings died. The female bluebird removed it from the nest.
July    3, 2012:  The lone nestling fledged about 2:45 pm

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2012 Chronology - The First Nest of the Season

March 21, 2012:  Nesting material appears in the slotted birdhouse
April  2, 2012:     The first egg was laid
April  3, 2012:     The second egg was laid
April  4, 2012:     The third egg was laid
April  5, 2012:     The fourth egg was laid
April  6, 2012:     The fifth egg was laid
April  7, 2012:    
The incubation period began
April 17, 2012:     The first three eggs hatched
April 18, 2012:     The last two eggs hatched
May   8,  2012      All five fledglings left the nest between 9 am and noon

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2011 Nesting Season
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2011 Chronology - The Fourth Nest of the Season

August   3, 2011:  New nesting material appears
                           in the slotted birdhouse
August 14, 2011:  The first egg was laid
August 15, 2011:  The second egg was laid
August 16, 2011:  The third egg was laid
August 17, 2011:  The fourth egg was laid
August 18, 2001: 
The incubation period began
August 30, 2011:  The first egg hatched
September 17, 2001: The nestlings fledged
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2011 Chronology - The Third Nest of the Season

June 21, 2011:  Nesting material appeared in the round-hole birdhouse.
June 26, 2011:  The first egg was laid
June 27, 2011:  The second egg was laid
June 28, 2011:  The third egg was laid
June 29, 2011:  The fourth egg was laid
June 30, 2011:  The fifth egg was laid
July    1, 2011:  The incubation period began
July  12, 2011:  The first egg hatched
July  13, 2011:  The four remaining eggs hatched
July  28, 2011:  The first nestling fledged
July  29, 2011:  The remaining four nestlings fledged
July  30, 2011:  Both birdhouses were cleaned out

 

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2011 Chronology - The Second Nest of the Season

May 11, 2011:  New nesting material appeared in the slotted birdhouse.
May 15, 2011:  The first egg was laid      
May 16, 2011:  The second egg was laid
May 17, 2011:  The third egg was laid    
May 18, 2011:  The fourth egg was laid  
May 19, 2011:  The fifth egg was laid      
May 26th, 2011 10:00 pm:  Nest disturbed by a predator

On May 26th, a predator raided the nest. The nest was pulled up and turned upside-down. However, when examining the nest in the morning, we found all 5 eggs on the bottom of the birdhouse, under the disturbed nest. View still pictures  We re-shaped the nest and returned the 5 eggs to it. The mother returned to the nest. We were recording the video at the time the nest was disturbed. Watch the video. The predator was a cat. This event did not seem to alter the incubation period.

June 2, 2011:   The first egg hatched       
June 3, 2011:   The fifth egg hatched       
June 19, 2011:  Four fledglings fledged   
June 20, 2011:  The 5th fledgling fledged 
June 20, 2011:  Birdhouse cleaned out - new anti-cat protection device
                        installed (4" PVC pipe sleeve painted brown)
 


2011 Chronology - The First Nest of the Season

March 14, 2011: First nesting material appeared in the slotted birdhouse.
April 3, 2011:     The first egg was laid.      
April 6, 2011:     The second egg was laid.
April 7, 2011:     The third egg was laid.     
April 8, 2011:     The fourth egg was laid     
April 9, 2011:     The fifth egg was laid      
April 22. 2011:   The eggs hatched                
May 8, 2011:      The young birds fledged 
  




Window Meal Worm Feeder

Our Bluebirds are around all year. They frequently visit our window meal worm feeder. We have been using the meal worms to encourage them to remain in the area.

 

 


Our Hummingbird feeder are very active during late August and early September. The Hummingbirds are preparing for their long migration flight south for the winter. Here is a recent 4 minute video of that feeder activity
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First Nest Fledglings - May 31, 2010

The Bluebird parents continue to feed the fledglings. We regularly put mealworms out for the Bluebirds. On this day, the parents brought the fledglings up to a branch near the mealworm feeder to feed them. We were able to capture this series of pictures while they were there.       

    
All photographs Copyright John Wachter, CPS Communication Production Services, Inc.

   Click here is see all of the pictures.

 

Bluebirds Spring 2010

Our Bluebirds began building their first nest on March 18th.  The first egg was laid Friday, April 9, 2010, the second on April 10th, the third egg on  April 11th, the fourth egg on April 12th, and the fifth egg on April 13th. The eggs began hatching April 27th. Three of the baby Bluebirds left the nest between 6 pm and 7 pm May 14. The last two left at 11:00 am May 15.

2009 Activities

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows: Saturday 8/15/09 - All of the babies fledged early in the morning. The nest was empty. However, at mid-day, all of them returned to the nest and spent the night. The next day they left for good.
They returned to the nest in the spring of 2010. The nest had three eggs when a predator killed the female. The male stayed around on the nest for about two weeks before he abandoned the new.

 
Hungry Barn Swallows

The 2009 Bluebird Nesting History

The bluebirds built four nests in the same slotted birdhouse this year. Nest #2, and #4 were successful. Nest #1 was destroyed by a predator. Nest #3 was abandoned with two eggs inside.

Click here to watch recorded video of the bluebirds fledging
from the second nest of this season - June 30, 2009

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