Baby Bluebirds as of July 12:
I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. My digital camera is a Sony FD Mavica. I've had it for years and when I bought it, it was state of the art. And $600. I'm comfortable with it, usually. It loads the pictures on a floppy disk. Anyone still use those? Its big problem is, it doesn't have a "sight" that you look through. It has a screen on the part of the camera facing you, and, under normal conditions, what you see on the screen is how the picture will look. But outside, you just can't see anything on that screen, so it's a crapshoot how your pictures are going to look.
The eggs were blue, and they were placed perfectly, dividing the nest into equal thirds. I didn't take a picture. These little Bluebirds appear to be faring better than the first clutch of three did. There was only one that survived to fly off on its own. It didn't allow Mama Bluebird into the birdhouse. It poked its head out the hole when it heard her lite, and she would cling precariously to the front of the birdhouse in order to feed. So that one got most of the food. One little birdie was found dead near the compost pile. Not sure what happened. Maybe it just plum wore itself out flying that far. The biggest one, we saw perched on the top rung of the garden fence, with Mama and Papa nearby, apparently doing OK. And the third was found dead in the birdhouse. They are relatively safe in there. The hole is too small for a bigger bird to get in. The roof is fastened down with a hook and eye. And I checked, it doesn't get as hot in there as it is outside. I'm keeping an eye on it this time, and if I see that same hoggish behavior I might shim the roof up a little so Mama can get in that way and reach all three of her babies.
The last birdhouse on the east has a House-Wren's nest in it. You know, those bitty brown birds with the sharp beak, that sing you a song forever?? They are comfortable around people, usually, and will nest near the house. Aren't these purty? Notice how generously Mama feathered the nest. Six is an awful lot of mouths to feed for such a bitty bird....