Mac's Bluebird House
Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements?We are using a third-party Content Delivery Network (CDN) for broadcasting our web page. This means the site is available on most devices, including PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile divices. Most internet browsers will support out web site.
What is the Recorded Video?From January through late Spring of the year, Bluebirds come in the bird house to raised a brood of chicks. A few years ago, we made a series of short video clips when something new happened. Then we edited the clips and put them together to make a video of a complete nest cycle. This video show you the scouts coming by checking out the digs, nest building, egg laying, encubation, egg hatching, the chicks developing and fledging (the chicks leaving the nest.) We hope you'll enjoy it.
Who powers your site?Network Tallahassee, Inc. is hosting the site. The CDN is PrimCast. We have been running the the broadcast thru our computer using Adobe Flash software, but that is no longer possible. Software such as Flash require a "Plug-In" for your browser. Plug-Ins are considered a mild security threat if you are interacting with the web site. New versions of browsers do not allowing Plug-Ins, so in order to continue, we have moved our broadcasting to a CDN which does not use Plug-ins.
Where are you located?We are streaming live directly from our backyard in Tallahassee, Florida. That's the capitol of Florida in the northern pan-handle about half way between Jacksonville to the east and Pensacola to the west.
Do you broadcast live all year?Not usually. In the off season, we substitute an image of the interior of the nest box for live video. This web site is a retirement project and, when the live video is streaming, a full time job. We are using software to encode the bird houde video, but we are looking into getting a hardware video encoder. Then we could go to the beach for a few days and not worry about the computer going down!
Why is the picture not in color?Our video camera uses infrared for night vision. The birds don't see infrared so the light does not disturb them while they are sleeping. Daylight has lots of blue, but infrared has no blue. Thus, during daylight hours, you can see the blue in the birds, but at night, everything is B&W.
How many eggs are typically laid?Usually 5, but sometimes 4, and once we only had 3. We've never seen more than 5. Bluebirds lay 1 egg each day until the clutch is complete. When Chick-A-Dees take over the nest box, they lay 6 eggs all in one day!
What is the nesting schedule?We clean the box before the season begins. First you will see a few pieces of pine straw appear. A few days (2-10) later Mom and Dad will start. They will build the nest quickly. But then she doesn't lay her eggs right away. She will fritz around trimming her nest with pine straw and dried grass until "it's time." Then she will lay her eggs 1 per day for 5 days. She will sit on the eggs very little until the 5th is laid. Then incubation begins. The rule of thumb is, hatching will occur 18 days after the first egg is laid. Then 21 days after hatching the chicks will fledge, leave the box. Remember, this is a "rule of thumb" and these things never occur on a set schedule.
How many nests each year?Two or three. The first nest is completed in early March. After these chicks fledge, never to return, Mom and Dad will take about 3 weeks to teach them how to find food and fend for themselves. During this time, we clean out the bird house to get ready for the next round. After a few days, the nest building cycle begins anew just as above. Mom and Dad build a new nest, eggs are are laid, the chicks grow up and leave never to return. We usually have two cycles per year, but twice we have had three.
The birds that come back next year are probably the same pair here this year or one of the new pair was raised here.

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