Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bluebird Eggs

In the spirit of Easter, here is a picture of naturally colored eggs. I finally found the courage to check my birdhouses. I found out last year that checking the birdhouses is not harmful, that the birds will return to the nest, and that some intervention actually increases success rates. It still scares me. What if? What if? What if?

I don't want to be responsible for a nest of dead babies.

Yet, by checking I got to see this nest of perfectly colored blue eggs. I wish our dyed Easter eggs could look so perfectly blue.

6 comments:

mull-berry said...

Beautiful color of blue!

ZBTzahBTzoo said...

Turns out that handling chicks, such as picking them up off the ground and returning them to the nest if they've fallen, does not cause the parents to reject them. (Spent a summer working at a biological station where there were lots of ornithologists and other scientists and I learned so much.)

Lovely eggs. I'd rather look at these than our blizzard!

wisteria said...

Are you saying you can answer all my bluebird questions????

Mother Crone's Homeschool said...

Lovely!! I love robins eggs, but they don't nest in our boxes (methinks the dogs scare them away!) Thanks for sharing the pics!

Becky said...

Thanks for the lovely sign of spring :) . I still have two abandoned bluebird eggs in a teacup from last summer...

We always clean our bird boxes out each year, just before the (mountain) bluebirds come back. It's supposed to be beneficial -- gets rid of the old nesting material and any mites and other nasties it might be harboring. We were going to do it this weekend but then it snowed again and turned cold; the boxes are all on fence posts where the snow is deepest, sigh.

wisteria said...

Becky, You have mountain bluebirds? They are much more rare and if I remember correctly bluer. I would love to see those nests.