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  1. Looks like the first Indigo Buntings have just arrived down at Pensacola, FL. There have been several new sightings in the last week. They are usually a couple of weeks ahead of the Grosbeaks. Pretty little bird.
  2. Here are the 6 babies at Mom’s house. They maybe a week older than the ones at my house. The parents are working like crazy as I suspected.
  3. Right on time! One day short of being April Fool's bluebabies!
  4. I put an extra tablespoon of sugar in the water when I mix it up!
  5. Next up! Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting! They are not here yet but over the next three weeks we will start to see these 3 species coming into the Deep South! Woo hoo! Also.. the Barred owls have come in behind my house thick. Probably 5-7 of them calling 30 minutes before dark every night. I only hear them in the Spring and early Summer and don’t know where they go the rest of the year?
  6. I am expecting a hatch in the next 2 days. I’ll keep y’all posted.
  7. Saw my first ruby-throat of the year today our working in the yard! They are back! 😀
  8. I read on one of the bird sites that it is possible for a bluebird to produce even 7 eggs but it is very, very rare. Apparently, 6 eggs happens more than we are aware. We'll see if they all hatch and even more importantly, if they all survive and fledge. They have an abundance of food at my Mom's house so that may be the reason for the 6 eggs? The bird house is surrounded by 4-5 acres of country mowed yard that is packed full of grasshoppers, crickets and every other type of grass dwelling insect you can think of. But still, 6 chicks will work the pair to death!
  9. Looks like the ruby-throat migrations has really taken off and these next three days of 80 degree weather here in the deep south is going to really make them surge North! Be ready to see one by the end of the weekend if you live on a latitude line from Eastern Texas to South Carolina! Woo Hoo!
  10. Have any of you ever had 6 eggs before in the nest? This was up at Mom's house in North Alabama. I don't see how a Bluebird pair can feed 6 chicks. 5 works them to death!
  11. Wow!.. That is a lot of money for a bird house! You must really like purple martins~ 😃
  12. I guess you get both ruby-throats and black-chinned since you are right on the boundary for both?
  13. https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2020-map.htm
  14. I have to be honest and say that I might have heard one bluebird on Sunday but I wasn't listening closely but it sounded like one. So perhaps she came into the area to check the box from a tree limb or snuck past my watchful eye while I was spreading pine straw in my tree beds. She had one or two more eggs to lay so maybe incubation will start today. With luck, perhaps I will see a hatch by the last day of the month? I am very relieved. I thought this season was going to start off on a negative note. Thanks!
  15. About the time that I had given up hope because I have not seen either the male or female in the last 14 days, I see this! Now you tell me how she did this without me seeing or hearing her? I did yard work all weekend and not one sign of a bluebird in my yard! Amazing!
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