Newly hatched Eastern Bluebirds
When I checked Box 2 by Dragonfly Pond today, I found two tiny baby bluebirds nestled together with three unhatched eggs . I’ve never seen baby birds this young before, all pink and blue with little wispy beginnings of feathers on their heads. If you zoom in you can see the the little feathers and a tiny foot. So sweet!
White Bluebird Eggs?
In Box 7 I was surprised to find 4 white eggs. I had seen Eastern Bluebirds at the nest box earlier in the week but these were not blue eggs. They weren’t speckle like chickadee eggs, either. Puzzled I went back to my bluebird book and the internet. I learned that 4-5% of bluebird eggs are white. The lack of pigmentation is thought to be genetic, and the babies are normal and healthy.
I see lots of bluebirds at Little Piney this summer and hear their songs all around me. Next spring I will add two more nest boxes in hopes of having even more. There can never be too many bluebirds at Little Piney with their brilliant blue flashes of color and sweet songs.
White eggs of a different kind
I saw some other eggs today by the lake today. Leathery white strips curled around themselves and left near a hole in the sandy ground. No little ones in sight, but I’m sure we have baby turtles at Little Piney, too.