YORBA LINDA BACKYARD BIRDERS ---
Western Bluebird (female) gathering meal worms for its nest brood. In my bird blog below, if you'd like to hear a particular bird's song, just click on the link for that particular bird within the post. To enlarge a picture, just click on it once. For my very first, special bluebird experience, visit 2012-May 12th-Saturday. Thank you for visiting and from this day forward, may all your blues be bluebirds. Happy Birding! ~Olivia
Take a look at what's going on in Kim Cantrell's yard this month.
A mama mourning dove sitting on her nest eggs, a hummingbird egg in its nest and a western bluebird sitting on Kims's mailbox. The mother hummingbird was near by buzzing around Kim while she took the picture, so that indicates its a live egg. Maybe we'll see a baby hummer and baby doves soon. Keep us posted Kim.
Fellow Bird Watchers......I'm so sorry to give you this news.
All six baby bluebirds were due to fledge yesterday on May 29th.
Sometime between 8 p.m. on the 27th and early morning May 28th, a small predator of some sort got through the small door hole of the birdbox and killed all six defenseless chicks. My belief is that it was a small rodent(s). This can happen whether the birds are in a notch hole in a tree or birdbox. In 7 years, this has never happened on our watch. I'm reminded, along with the beauty of nature, that it has its natural downside. Our great horned owls weren't on their usual patrol that night.
After a couple days of mourning, I noticed the Mom and Pop building a new nest in our other bluebird box. Nature has its strong lessons. In the case of these bluebird parents, it is, to rebuild and move forward. RIP sweet little Blues.
Eggs and Bird Video below (Need adobe flash for video)
Hey there bird watchers!! I was able to get a real quick pic of the 7 day old bluebird babies without getting dive bombed & pecked by the parents. All six are alive. The late bloomer is at the top left with a closed beak.
Oh my gosh! Six eggs today. I wish this did not happen because nature typically doesn't let that many chicks survive. Well, let's see what happens. Now that there are six, we'll move the hatch date out to the 9th or 10th of May.
Bluebird nesting box season 2017. Let's see what transpires. Hopefully there will be another successful fledge season.
Fifth Egg - 4*26*2017
I'm thinking this is the last egg. Once the last egg is laid, the incubation period begins so that all will be born at the same time. If this is the last egg, we shall see a hatch in 13 to 14 days. That will be May 8th or 9th.
Backyard Birders are typically very selective about who trims their big trees. Birds love a good tree trim and we Birders enjoy our trees occupied with nests come nesting season. We had an excellent tree trimming experience with the trim of our 10, 50 year old pine trees. The trimming was professional. Jerry gave excellent customer service; They cleaned up our yard, roof, sidewalks and Jerry even checked with the neighbors on both sides to make sure any debris was cleaned away to their satisfaction. They were happy also. I would definitely hire Vargas Tree Trimming Service again. Ask for Jerry.