Baby Blues In Nest Before Fledging - Fledge May 9, 2008
Second Year for our bluebird nestbox. We had two broods with same parents in 2007.
I am attaching photo of 5 baby blues a couple days before fledging. We enjoy the entire process of watching the female parent build her nest with her mate "supervising", seeing how many eggs are laid, checking the nestbox each day after baby blues have hatched and watching the parents feed and take care of their brood.
We named our adult pair Django (male named after a jazz guitarist) and Emily (female named for a female jazz guitarist).
Django and Emily are great parents and are very good at keeping other birds, squirrels and cats away from their family! Enjoy the photo.
I built two crude BB Boxes and placed them in upper field near our home. After a week or two we had a male blue bird continuously at windows on East side or our house (Picture).
I noticed that they were checking out the houses that I had set only about 30 feet apart. Then one or more was continuously on my pickup truck. A friend told me to separate the houses. I did this and believe there may be a family in each.
One morning I took about 80 shots of them (all 4) on wires trees and both vehicles in our drive way. They sure make a mess of them.
I decided to sprinkle some cereal on the ground to see what I could attract and since it had dried apples and nuts in it I saw a pair of bluebirds again that I hadn't seen in a few years. They're so beautiful!! Then came the snow. It was just perfect timing for photo ops.
I had been watching everyday since the eggs were laid. After hatching also did a daily check on the babies. I knew they were getting ready to fly when I checked one morning and by afternoon only this one "little guy" was left. As they say, "he looks put out" that he has been left all alone.
As the title suggest, this was our second nesting this spring, the female is now setting on her third nest this year. There were two babies in this nesting who hatched and flew from the nest.
We watched for several days and could see the babies were getting braver by the day and started watching with the camera and were able to catch one as it finally got it's wings and left the nest. It stayed around in the flowers for a time and we were concerned that it would be a tasty treat for a neighborhood silvester but am happy to report that did not happen.
We are now watching the female as she sets on her newest nest and peers out to get fresh air and to keep a watchful eye. Much to our dismay, the male is no longer with her which makes us wonder what has happened to him.
This seems to be a very comfortable site for the bluebirds, their nesting that we captured on film this past year had a total of five babies who hatched!