Baby bluebirds are here!! We have two boxes with baby Bluebirds, though you wouldn’t recognize them as Bluebirds quite yet! In fact, it’s rather difficult to recognize them as birds just yet!
The first Chickadees to hatch, sometime between May 11th and May 15th, are beginning to develop the characteristics of Chickadees. You can clearly see their black caps and white bibs. The Chickadees have a nestling period of 16-19 days. By next week, these babies will only be a few days from fledging.
Here’s a second box of Chickadee babies, hatched a week or so after the first brood. Particularly on the bird at the top of the picture, you can see the bird’s mouth, beak and eyes, even if the photo is a bit fuzzy. These birds hatched from their eggs between May 15th and May 22nd.
Finally, here’s a photo of the Tree Swallow nest. Mama was sitting on her nest when we arrived, and flew off before we opened the door of the nest. Tree Swallows incubates their eggs for up to 20 days. Mama Tree Swallow laid these eggs sometimes between May 9th and May 15th. I’m curious to see how much longer before they hatch.
Meanwhile, I met a young woman from Pennsylvania who is serving as a research intern with the environmental research center. She will be conducting research on the data we are submitting, and will be developing the web page site on the Bluebird trail. I look forward to seeing what she will be doing during her internship.