What an exciting two weeks! Wow! We have a baby bird! Look how much "he's" grown in a week!
Bluebirds can be very good flyers by 28 days. We think our little guy has 21 more days to go. Are you worried about the other eggs not hatching? We are too! In good news an adult was in the box when the 5th graders checked it this afternoon so maybe they are still hoping the other eggs will hatch.
Mrs. Parker NOTE: We really were trying to determine whether there is one baby or two... can you find potential proof from the top picture and the bottom picture????
Holy rain, Batman! The rain has been keeping us from checking our boxes regularly. This week, finally, the 4th graders were able to get out and take a peek.
The nest is still ready for eggs but none so far. It has been two weeks since we last checked the boxes. It has been raining A LOT lately.
FOUR EGGS!!! The number has doubled. The mother bird flew out of the box as we knocked (we are always polite visitors). We checked and sometimes a mother will delay laying eggs if it is too cold.
*NOTE FROM MRS. PARKER: We had to tip the nest a little to get a look at the nest. In good news this is not harmful to the eggs. DON'T worry that monitoring will make the parents desert the nest. Bluebirds tolerate human presence. Touching the nest will not make the birds leave--your mother just told you that to keep you from harassing them. Most birds don't have a good sense of smell. www.sialis.org
Our pants and shoes got very wet and muddy:/ As we went by Box 2 and saw the mother bird fly out. We are excited about the 4 eggs!
Today is wet and rainy. The box was wet and empty with only the nest. We did see a Gypsy Moth caterpillar.
We found nothing in the box but on our way back we found a Gypsy Moth caterpillar. These guys can take down a tree. They are not a tree's friend. We also got a good picture of the empty box:)
So... it's been raining and chilly all week. Our one nest with eggs in it is concerning us a little bit. The eggs are pushed very far down in the nest. We don't know whether the mom is trying to insulate the eggs or bury the eggs. We'll see.
Because it has been horrible weather, we gave the birds a break today and did not go out and observe. Instead we did bluebird haiku:) Well, some of us did:)
Bright blue flashes, shines Box Two
You can already tell In box two there lay
It's the million celled bluebird Two small blue eggs nestled low
-M Hoping that they hatch
We're very worried! Shadows Today
Box two eggs are pushed down low Dark skies and gray clouds
Hope they hatch, who knows Prevent us from going out
-E Worrying, anxious
Flash of brilliant blue Mr. Snake
Streaking across the meadow What's that in the grass?
Returning to home Watching bluebirds come and go
-Mrs. Parker Hoping for the best
Mama Bird is back!
Worms for dinner, yummy treat!
Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! So sweet!
4: Still no eggs, no adults. Nest is complete; made of dried grass.
5: There has been activity with blue birds but so far no eggs. Maybe they will come soon, and many will be there! Lots of what looks like a straw/dead grass has been used to make the nest.
4: Today is a warm, sunny day with the 2 eggs still there. No sign of mother bird today. The eggs are like a minty color. We predict the mother is near the forest area.
5: At first, all we could see were feathers so we started looking for the previously laid eggs. We were nervous someone was building on top of them! Then we saw the eggs covered with feathers; possibly by mother.
4: Today was sunny. WE think the bluebirds built their nest with the leaves, grass/hay. We hope to see eggs next week in box 3.
Today is warm and sunny. We are pretty sure the bluebirds made their next out of dead grass from the surrounding field and forest area. Bluebirds love flying across an open meadow to a box near a forest. No progress yet with eggs, only the nest.
5:In box 4 it showed little to no signs of activity. Also the nest is full of spider webs.
Box 5: The Literal Empty Nest
4: Unfortunately, we found the box open which could mean signs of human activity. We saw nothing... a whole lot of nothing.
5: When we were going to look at our box it was already open. There was no nest or activity. There are plenty of material for a nest on the ground so we think humans might be invading the space.
The fifth graders joined the observation team this week. Our 4th graders monitor the boxes on Wednesday and then our 5th graders monitor on Friday. Each of our posts will be from both grades. This week, as much of the boxes looked the same, our photo assignment was to take a selfie with the box.
4: Weather was cold with a slight breeze. The nest was still there but no eggs or birds.
4: We were very excited and frightened when an adult female bird flew out of the box!!! We were overjoyed to see that there were 2 eggs in the box. We hope to see babies in the nest in about 2 weeks. It is sunny and cool outside.
5:Celebrate! The miracle of nature! Two eggs! Two baby, blue eggs and feathers were noticed in box 2!
4: There are no eggs, but we expect them to come soon. Maybe when it warms up a little. Nobody messed with the nest, though! That's good!
Box Five: The Lonely One
Our New "Friend"
We were disappointed that there were no birds or eggs in the nest. We hpe that there will be something in the nest nest week. It was sunny but quite chilly, but a good day for bird watching!
Last week when we visited this site, the nest had been taken out of the box (we think by humans). We were excited to see what happened to the knocked out nest. To our excitement there was a new nest! It was a large nest! We expect there will be eggs soon!
The nest seems fully completed with some feathers that show. Some adult activity seemed to have happened. No eggs yet. It was mildly cold and quite sunny. Saw no bluebirds. Saw a black snake by the school building, NOT by the nests.
First day was a total failure! All we saw was feathers and a possible nest on the ground! Today's blog post was not exciting except for we saw a black snake on our way back to school! Well that was exciting!