Bluebird Webcams

These beautiful members of the thrush family range throughout Eastern North America and into Mexico and Central America. They live in open areas with little understory and nest in cavities. Bluebird populations declined dramatically in the early 20th century with the introduction of aggressive European Starlings and House Sparrows can outcompete native birds for limited nest cavities. Conservation efforts in the 1960’s and 1970’s to establish bluebird trails and provide nest boxes contributed to the recovery of bluebird populations in recent years. Bluebird boxes have been placed in several suitable areas on the Hobcaw Barony property to augment natural nest cavities that are in high demand by bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees.

 

Click here to view the live bluebird webcam at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center!

Spring 2012

The bluebird box at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center was home to 5 chicks this spring that hatched on April 20th and were fledged by May 6th. Visit the photo gallery to view their story. A second nest is currently active in the HBDC box.

A bluebird box was placed adjacent to the NERR wing of the Baruch Marine Field Lab in late April. No activity was noted until mid May when nest material appeared in the box. Four eggs were laid on May 24th, and four chicks hatched. Sadly, they were vistum to a rat snake on June 20th.

 

bluebird nest at the NIWB NERR wing
The NERR wing bluebird box.

May 18 – The start of a bluebird nest!

May 21 – female bluebird shapes the nest

Egg in the bluebird nest at the NIWB NERR wing Eggs in the bluebird nest at the NIWB NERR Bluebird nesting at the NIWB NERR

May 24 – She laid her first egg!
She will lay one a day until the
clutch is complete.

May 28 – Four eggs and female seems
to be sitting faithfully. It will take
11-19 days for the chicks to hatch.

 
     

Photo Galleries

 

 

 
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System University of South Carolina Baruch Institute-USC Belle W. Baruch Foundation