Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bluebird Update

Saturday, April 24th - there's an egg in the nest.

Why are Bluebirds blue?

Check out these photos from Cornell's Nestwatcher's Resource Center.

UPDATE: Sunday 4/25 at 9:00 AM - Two eggs in the nest.

UPDATE II:  Wednesday 4/28 at 3:30 - Five eggs in the nest.

UPDATE III: Thursday, 4:30 PM, first of the falcons has hatched!

UPDATE IV: PGC issues another Press Release:

“After several weeks of nest building and waiting, the bluebird nestbox camera now is allowing viewers to follow along with an active nest that presently contains five recently laid bluebird eggs,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “The best way to get Pennsylvanians – in fact most Americans – excited about wildlife is to show them what makes wildlife so irreplaceable and priceless.

“We decided to set-up and use this live webcast to help us educate the public about the importance of wildlife, how to make backyards friendlier to wildlife and also provide a way for folks to simply get closer to bluebirds. Last year, it was a huge hit, and we expect that the broadcasting of this year’s activities again will be well received.”

New this year is the installation of an infrared video camera, which will enable visitors to tune in after dark, too.

That last bit reminds of all the times I checked on the nest last year and thought there must have been technical problems, because it was so dark. It eventually 'dawned' on me what the problem was.

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