Friday, August 06, 2010
Late Summer Bluebird Hatch
I was doubtful these eggs would survive sitting in a nestbox in the sun with most days hitting ninety degrees or more. But they did. Wednesday evening the chicks were rolling out of the eggs.
The first one out, on the left, is looking for his/her first meal.
The second one out, in the back, is uncurling.
The third one out, on the right, is still folded in the shape of his/her egg.
And there's one more blue egg to hatch.
By late Thursday morning, all four chicks are out and being fed. Mom Bluebird doesn't need to worry they're going to get chilled.
That's a third little beak behind the two obvious beaks. The fourth is face down on the right.
The first few days of post egg life, the hatchlings will open their beaks when I open the box. They know someone is there and they hope it's with food.
Hard to believe in less than three weeks they'll have feathers and leave the nest. I never tire of the miracle.