. A male! After seeing nothing but females all winter and early spring, it is good to finally see a male. The red malar (cheek) stripe plus the red crown going all the way down to the bill provide the identification.
. The daily nest check.
. Note the small cup attached to the back of the nesting box. We were having a cold snap around this time that drove the insects into hiding. The person who maintains the boxes was concerned the bluebird nestlings might starve as a result. So, he would put mealworms in the cup to keep everyone well fed. As a result, all five nestlings survived to fledge.