This picture was taken Friday and you can see four healthy little baby bluebirds.
Sadly, on Sunday morning we determined that Mr. & Mrs. Blue had abandoned the nest and I won't show you the picture that we saw. We don't know why they were abandoned - we haven't seen the parents so they may have fallen prey to a hawk or some other predator. Or they could have been spooked off by another bird - there has been a catbird making a lot of noise in the garden. Or mom and pop simply did not expect it to get as cold as it did those last couple of nights and the babies succumbed to the cold.
We'll never know.
The nest and babies have been removed from the box and hopefully we'll get another pair interested in making our garden their home. We went to Backyard Birds on Monday and got a new mealworm feeder and mealworms in the hope of making it as appealing as possible.
Keep your fingers crossed!