I inspected all six of our bluebird nest boxes on Tuesday April 10 and there are definitely some changes to report.
The nest that had contained 4 chickadee eggs on April 3 now has 5 eggs and 2 tiny hatchlings. The birds apparently have added 3 more eggs for a total of seven, and, two of the previously laid eggs have hatched.
It’s difficult to convey how small and fragile those little hatchlings are. Pictures help, but you have to see the hatchlings in person to appreciate the delicate vulnerability of the tiny creatures in the nest.
One of the bluebird nests now contains 6 eggs where last week there were four. And another has 3 nestlings where the week before there were 4 eggs. Wait, there were four eggs the week before and now there are three nestlings and no eggs? What happened?
I could only see three nestlings in the nest box pictured above. There may have been another egg under the nestlings but in the short time that I watched I could see no sign of another egg or hatchling. Even as the little nestlings wriggled about the nest I saw nothing other than the three shown.
One nest box again contained a wasp nest, the same box that had wasps nesting in it last week. I once again removed the wasps and, well, we’ll just have to wait to see what happens next week.
So, to sum up, as of Tuesday April 10 we have 4 bluebird nests with 16 eggs and 3 hatchlings, 1 chickadee nest containing 5 eggs and 2 hatchlings, and 1 empty box, empty of birds that is.