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.
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.