Songbird Nest Box Cam Updates
Welcome to our songbird nest box cams. Chickadee Nest Box1 and Bluebird
Box 2 are located in the
field that our
Field Cam over looks and Bluebird Box 5
is located very close to
PA Bird Feeder 1 off to the left at
Bluebird Box 3: The camera is located in the same view as the
PixCams.com Field Cam Live Stream. to Box 3.
Brood 1 (Box 2)
Hatch dates: Egg 1
4/9 @2:20PM, Egg 2 4/9 @3:04PM, Egg 3 4/10 @8:08 AM, Egg 4 4/10 @12:40
PM, Egg 5 4/11 @ 7:14 AM, Egg 6 4/12 @7:56 AM
Fledge date: 4/28 - PM
Brood 2: (Box 3)
So far 5 of the six eggs hatched between 5/25 and 5/27. 5/31 Update:
Around 8:20 PM on 5/30 a screech owl pulled the female from the nest box
while she had her head out of the box. This is a tragic end to this
nest. We will monitor the nest boxes and see if the male finds a new
female and nests again this season.
A house wren started building a nest on 6/11. Nest was abandoned and
box is now empty on 6/22/
Bluebird Box 5: What's interesting about this female is the lays
eggs that are almost white in color and this is not very common. Most
bluebird eggs are blue in color. We are waiting for the pair to start
their 3rd brood.
Hatch dates: 04/13 @3:15 PM, 04/13 @3:49 PM, 04/13 @4:57 PM, 04/13 @5:55
PM, 04/14 @8:16 AM.
Fledge date: 5/2 - PM
She hatched 4 of the 6 eggs and has 4 chicks in the nest box. The 4
chicks fledged successfully on the AM of 6/22.
Chickadee Box 1:
The female completed laying her clutch of 5 eggs on 5/11. All 5 eggs
successfully hatched between 5/23 and 5/24. All five of the chickadees
fledged on 6/10.
Bluebird Nesting Facts
The nest is made of grasses, plant stems, pine needles, and lined
with hair, feathers, and fine grasses. The nest is placed in a
birdhouse, or abandoned woodpecker hole usually 3-20 feet above ground.
The female lays 1 egg each day until the clutch size reaches between 3-6
pale blue eggs. The female will begin incubating the eggs when the last
or next to last egg is laid.
Incubation will last between 13 - 16 days and the young will leave the
nest within 15 to 20 days from hatching. The male will often keep
feeding the fledglings while the female begins a second nest. These
flegling birds may stay together through Fall and join other flocks
later. By early Spring, they'll claim new territories and not nest where
they were born. The lifespan of the average Eastern Bluebird is 6 - 7
years in the wild.
Bluebird Nest Boxes Information
If you plan on putting up a bird house, place it on a pole within 5 - 6
feet off the ground. This will allow access for monitoring which should
be done. An entrance hole should be 1 1/2 inches in size. House Sparrows
will be a problem and every attempt should be made to keep them out.
Removing nest, trapping and any and all legal action should be taken.
The better you control House Sparrows, the better your chances will be
of attracting and hosting these birds near you.
Nest box Recommendations
Bluebirds,Tree, Violet-green Swallows Next Box
When Do I Clean Out Birdhouses?
The quick answer regarding cleaning Bluebird houses is: it's up to you.
It's different depending on where you live as to whether Bluebirds
prefer a clean house, or a house with their old nest that has
successfully reared young for renesting.
A good idea would be to check for blowfly and mite infestation before
just removing the nest and cleaning the house between broods. This
should happen as soon as the first brood leaves and after any successive
broods. With gloves and mask (for your protection) gently remove the
nest and check for blowfly and mite infestation. If none, let the breeze
take care of feather dust and replace nest for second brood. If nest is
heavily soiled it might be a good idea to remove the contents, place
them in a bag or burn them in your burn pile.
Some people recommend a cleaning solution of 10 percent bleach to water
ratio to scrub the house. That's up to you and recommended at the end of
the season or before the birds return. Rinse well if using bleach.
Sometimes Bluebirds build nest on top of exsiting nest. This puts them
closer to the entrance hole and at a greater risk of predation. Lower
nest may need to be removed in this situation.
Attracting Bluebirds to your Feeders
When it comes to feeding, what Bluebirds eat is a large amount of
insects. Eighty percent of their diet comes from insects during spring
and summer. In addition to insects, these birds eat berries and fruits
off of small trees and shrubs. You may want to try placing dried fruit
and/or chopped peanut kernels on a platform type feeder.
There are other ways to lure these birds, the best of which is to offer
them mealworms in a Mealworm feeder. They love mealworms. You can offer
live or dried mealworms. Place them in a tray feeder or a specially
designed feeder so that other birds don't get to them before the
Bluebirds. Providing Dried Mealworms in winter is a good idea. They are
inexpensive and last a long time. You'll also be helping other birds in
Since the bluebirds remain in winter in a lot of places, a Heated
Birdbath can supply the open water they need to survive. An open water
source is critical during cold weather as most water is frozen over. All
life needs water year around.