Mrs. Bluebird returned to the box on schedule late this morning to lay a second egg. She'll likely lay one a day for until she has four or five eggs. She won't start sitting on them until they're all laid.
I'm still looking for mammals to photograph this spring. If you know of a den - fox, coyote, bobcat - or have a racoon, mink, fisher or bear on some sort of a schedule I'd love to know.
Here's Jeans settling in to lay her egg
When I posted yesterday, our chickadees hadn't been seen at the boxes at the Piermont Public Library. They got back to checking the boxes yesterday afternoon (they probably took the morning off due to the snow. Who wants to think about building a nest while there's still snow?). Since midafternoon Friday, they've checked 'box 1' - the southern box - only twice and box 2 - the northern box - eight times. Perhaps they've made a decision? We'll see.
They make just a couple visits to box 1.
And they came and went eight times at box 2
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We're looking inside a nesting box with the bluebirds in West Newbury, Vermont. The chickadees are in Piermont, New Hampshire.
The cameras are permanently mounted in the boxes and we can watch without disturbing the birds.