Several weeks ago I posted a picture of a female bluebird we found in our nestbox. We assumed she had died trying to lay an egg as there was no sign of predator attack. She looked so peaceful and never before had we been so close to an adult blue. We monitor the nest box and I have many shots of baby blues, but the parents don't let you get that close to them. And that's actually a good thing. I sketched her lightly in pencil.
And then sorted through the various colored pencils I have to get the colors right. There were three eggs beneath her. One was cracked. Sadly, by the time we found her, they were not viable.
But the good news is another couple of bluebirds won the war with the wrens (with a little bit of HWNSNBP's help removing their stick nests before eggs were laid which is perfectly legal). The wrens gave up and the blues built their nest of pine needles and grass in just about a day. The new mama laid four beautiful blue eggs last week and because it was so cold here in the evenings, she began incubating them by staying in the nestbox overnight.
So we ought to see some babies within the next week.
Our Scribble Picnic theme for this week is BIRDS and I've also used my card for ICAD Day 12 - Wings. You can see my ICAD's for week 1 here, and week 2 here.
It's time for me to check out the "Picnic" and see all the birds the picnickers are sharing..... on paper that is! You can see them too by clicking here.