Just to update. The male never returned. He was omnipresent and very attentive, so I have to believe that something happened to him. The female has laid four eggs and I’ve seen her going into the nest box for short periods of time. It’s cold and rainy here today, so,she’s gotten an extra helping of mealworms.
(As an aside, this has been the strangest backyard bird season I can remember. I had no cardinals at my feeders until January. We barely had a winter, yet the bluebird seemed to arrive quite late. In addition, for the first time in 19 years the TRES checked out their usual box and never returned. )
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