|Box 9 nestlings at day three|
We also found today that our expected second hatch at Box 16 had indeed occurred, with five more nestlings just a day or two behind Box 9. We were lucky enough to catch the first batch with one egg still unhatched, so we had a very close idea of when those hatched. This second box probably hatched either Monday or Tuesday, but we can't be sure exactly when.
|Box 16 nestlings at day two (?)|
And in case all these little squirming shrimpy things with gaping yolk-yellow mouths make you a little squeamish (I confess they have that effect on me if I look at these pictures too long), let's close with a reminder of what they will become, with a little luck and a lot of care and feeding from their doting parents, in an amazingly short period of time. This was a pair of birds on the wire above one of the other boxes we checked today.
|Female (top) and male bluebirds|