Just a few months ago, we became home to the successful nesting and laying of five eggs from a couple of our very own Harrisburg bluebirds. At first we could only see four of them, but then by altering the camera lens a little, five were seen. This was very exciting for all those waiting with baited breath for the hatching.
However, it wasn’t exactly plain-sailing from there on out. Unfortunately, only two of the five eggs actually hatched. This suggested that the Harrisburg home wasn’t quite the best environment for hatching. Of course, no one can be sure why exactly something like this happened, but it was definitely disappointing nonetheless. Much speculation abounded at the time, but again, there is no certainty as to why this happened, rendering the city of Harrisburg somewhat hatch-less. It could have been the weather – and all of us in Harrisburg can attest to that, especially with the storms we’ve been encountering. Apparently it becomes significantly harder for them to “find food and feed young” when the weather isn’t good. Their treks are longer which increases their vulnerability to danger too.
Hope for Harrisburg?
So what’s the story now? Is there any hope left for the Harrisburg lovebirds? According to experts there is a chance that they may try and re-nest but if Harrisburg keeps encountering poor weather conditions, another attempt may be just as futile.
Only time will tell. But for those of us praying for a miracle, we might want to turn our voices upward and request an improvement in the weather in our city so that at least we can give the bluebirds the best chance possible of making this happen for all those Harrisburg onlookers.