Sad Update Reference Nesting Eastern Bluebirds

By | May 3, 2017

I am afraid the nesting Eastern Bluebirds that I posted about in March and April are gone. (Male Eastern Bluebird Bringing Nest Material To Bird house and Male Eastern Bluebird Using Food To Attract Female)

Over the next week and a half I was able to watch the female build the nest from inside my house. I didn’t photograph her doing this because I didn’t want to disturb her while she was hard at work. The male was always nearby. After she built the nest I started noticing her spending time inside the bird house. I figured she was laying eggs.

While the female remained inside the bird house I noticed that I wasn’t seeing the male around. I spent a couple of days watching the area around the bird house to see if I could spot him. I didn’t see him around. After a few more days I started seeing the female leaving the bird house and staying gone for a while. This past week I have not seen the female at all. I took a quick look inside the bird house and got a glimpse of a blue egg. I will continue to keep and eye out for her, but I am thinking the worst.

I have a guess on what happened to the male Bluebird. I had a Hawk that started going after the birds at my bird feeder. I was able to photograph this Hawk, but I’m not good at telling the difference between a Sarp-shinned Hawk and a Cooper’s Hawk. My guess is that what I have is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Maybe one of my friends on Facebook will help with the id. I see this Hawk almost daily chasing the birds near my feeder. I have this feeder about 40 steps from the bird house.

I have decided to wait a couple of more weeks and then I will check on the eggs inside the birdhouse and will update this post.

Female Eastern Bluebird Leaving Birdhouse

Female Eastern Bluebird In Birdhouse – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO 1000

Hawk In The Trees

Hawk – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/640 | f/6.3 | ISO 800

Eastern Bluebird Egg Facts

Each female lays three to seven light-blue or, rarely, white eggs. The female incubates the eggs, which hatch after 13 to 16 days.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

2 thoughts on “Sad Update Reference Nesting Eastern Bluebirds

  1. Rita Roberts

    Oh what a shame Steve. Something must have scared the mother from the nest. I shall look forward to your next post to see if there will be any chicks.

  2. Greg Topp

    Nature at its worst. I watch things around here pretty closely and get particularly sad around deer hunting time. I know that without hunting for white tails, they would fall into disease. I’m not anti hunting, but I sure can’t take part in this activity anymore. Bluebirds are a gift if they can live with what you offer them. I’m sad about this. Even if the hawk did not kill the male bird, it made life pretty uncomfortable for him. Better days are coming.
    Greg in NW Wisconsin

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