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Hi everyone who loves Bluebirds..I am from Michigan,the Thumb area...I have a bluebird trail on my property and they are starting to check the nest out!
Is this what it's called when you put out a string of nest boxes for them?
We've already had a pair raise 4 young last month. Now they are back with 2 of their offspring and have rebuilt the nest. This morning - no new eggs, only the 3 from yesterday. I predicted they would lay 5 this go so I'm going to watch the box today and see if I see the parents around.
The female started sitting on Wednesday. That's the same amount of eggs she laid last month. Now the wait begins. I saw her yesterday but not sure if she's the same female from last month or not. Doesn't really matter, just hoping all goes well!
This is so cool!
Update on our bluebirds!
On Tues, we had 1 egg hatch and the parents and I believe at least 1 of their prior babies is helping to feed the little one. As of this morning the others have not hatched :( I read that with subsequent nestings during a season, some eggs may be unfertilized and not hatch. Must be the case here.
I think if the parents could talk ...they'd say, "Whew..only 1 mouth to feed!"...lol
A bluebird baby, so neat. Are the parents skittish of you looking in?
No, surprisingly they don't mind at all. I usually make a little noise as I approach so if an adult is in the box they can fly out without getting in a panic. It's a bluebird box with a view door. The little chick is starting to feather out, so fragile still. I've been seeing the adults take turns to feed it. We candled the remaining 3 eggs yesterday and they were empty. The eggs are such a beautiful turquoise color.
On other note, I had a cardinal build a nest in the top of an old patio umbrella that I didn't know had. Last weekend pulled it up out of the table to throw it away and out flew the mother. I still had not looked up in the umbrella yet so of course when I tilted it ..out came 2 speckled eggs, 1 of which broke on the ground! So I put the other 1 back in the nest and put it back down in the table. I've seen a female around it but not on the nest. Still one egg as of today, probably scared her half to death! I hated that it happened. I couldn't believe how much bigger her eggs were when compared to the bluebirds.
So cool to watch the progress. Many websites are posting nest cams these days. Watched some owl babies and some eagles too.
How could you have known the cardinal was there? She'll try again I'm sure, just not in an umbrella hopefully.
Animals do funky things. I once watched a pair of doves do a practice nest on a window ledge in full sunlight ... ouch. Glad they changed their minds.
Years ago we had a chickadee build a nest in the end of an old iron clothes line pole. Of course it was in full sun and would become so hot it would burn your fingers to touch. The eggs never made it, always felt they probably got cooked.
Our little bluebird should be leaving the nest in the next couple of days. Not supposed to look in the box after day 13 or may cause him/her to fledge early.
I'll probably check this weekend and find an empty nest.
The parent birds sometime lay a 3rd clutch in a season. We'll have to see if they do, there is still plenty of warm weather left.
That the 1st flight is successful. GOOD LUCK
I'm an empty nester.
Didn't see any activity today so I peeked- nothing left but a dirty nest. I'll clean it out this weekend and see what happens. With the last chicks the parents waited a few days and then brought the young back to the bird bath.
We'll see if that's the case with this new one!
Sad news here with the 1st 2011 season pairing/chicks. My pair laid 5 eggs which all hatched last week. However Sun we noticed that the mother was no longer coming with male to feed the chicks. Yesterday we watched again for several hours and never saw the female. We are assuming she has been picked off by a predator. The chicks are now 10 days and can fledge as early as 13 days. I feel for the little male, he came to feed them every 5-6 mins yesterday only pausing occasionally to sit on top of the box. I know he has to be exhausted! First thing this morning the poor fellow back at it. I went to the bluebird website and there are instances when one parent can keep up. What I didn't realize is that even after they fledge the parents continue to help feed them for another 30 days. After reading that I really felt for the popa bluebird!
On a happier note, my 5 Carolina Wren chicks fledged on Sat!
They have not fledged yet! And the poor male continues to feed them...he should get Father of Year! He has been tireless!!!
some years they come around, some years not so much!