Well, I am hoping mama DOES NOT lay another egg today – yesterday she laid the 5th egg and I was sure she would begin incubation but did not happen – I will be in that situation where I believe it would be too crowded with 6 eggs in my 17″ square inch floor box. But I will just wait and see – hopefully she will begin incubating today with the 5 eggs. I have never had a box with 6 eggs – but this is a fairly new pair of blues (2nd year I believe for them) so they are still learning. (I believe they are a pair from two year’s ago nesting as my previous pair were getting quite old).
Keeping toes, fingers & eyes crossed on this matter.
Carol, I didn’t get to reply to your first post about the 2nd egg, and now there are 5!! Wow. I’ll cross some fingers with you, too. That’s amazing. I’ve only seen 5 once, and one egg didn’t hatch. Keep us posted! There’s so much drama this year–it’s really exciting to read about. I laugh every time I think of you outsmarting that house wren. Keep up the good work!
Thanks, Julie – no 6th egg yet but have not spotted mama going in to incubate – maybe later this afternoon. Yes, 5 eggs is not too common but usually 4 is what most lay – but different locations make a difference, also. Yeah, that wren hasn’t gotten the idea yet (yeah!) – this morning I checked the box and it was almost half full of sticks, which I promptly took out at least half. I ALMOST feel sorry for the little thing – it is working so hard, but they shouldn’t be so mean to our precious bluebirds (throwing eggs on the ground or pecking a hole in them – have had this happen a FEW times, actually probably before I knew about a wren guard or didn’t get one on in time.
Carol, last year I had chickadees in one box with a full nest of 7 eggs. HOSP came by and the chickadees abandoned the nest. I watched closely for 2 days, and on day 3 a wren starting removing the eggs! I have no love for them for that behavior. I like hearing them sing—when they’re somewhere else! You’re doing a great job keeping it busy and away from the bluebirds! I’ll be interested to hear when or if those blues accept that wren guard.