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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    4 little blues hatched yesterday. This one is hungry. Looked in on them this morning. So we are expecting fledge on May 19 – but as we have noted this year – rules do not apply. I will watch for the fledge between May 18 and 21. :bluesinbox:

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    blue diamondsblue diamonds
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    David……how exciting. Your bluebirds start a little earlier than here in Michigan. How many broods do you normally have in a season?

    Judy-Michigan

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Thanks Judy.
    In most years I have had 3 nestings. 2 years ago i took down the box due to HOSP and HOWR after the first brood. Last year I had 2 nestings – late season start. I am hoping that this early nesting will lead to 3 again. It is nice when the combined group here can produce 100 to 150 young per year to help our BB population to grow and thrive.
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    I hope that yours start to build soon.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Congrats David, what a wonderful sight to see 4 new baby blues.
    Connie

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Thanks Connie. I can’t help myself. I take the same pictures every year. The new birds all look the same. I might just start recycling the old pics. Naah that wouldn’t be right. It’s fun to see the new ones grow just like their earlier broods.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Congrats David! :woohoo:

    Dana
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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Took a look at the nestbox this morning to see the progress of the little ones. Here they are at day 8. The dad bird was on the shepherds hook about 20 feet away as i was walking around the box to check on my flower garden. As i was turning my back to him, he swooped into the box with food for the brood. I am not sure if that is a sign that he no longer sees me as a threat, but it is the first time I have been that close without him bolting off to a tree.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    The pictures are wonderful David. My little ones should hatch next week. My mama seems to be more flighty than she was earlier, I try not to disturb her but even my car coming in makes her take flight which didn’t bother her a week ago. I hope all 5 eggs 🐣 hatch but only time will tell. Keep the pictures coming.
    Connie

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    Thanks for sharing your pictures they are a joy to see. Cute that papa blue is a little more trusting of your presence. I believe they know we are trying to help them.

    Judy-Michigan

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    I saw both parent birds sitting on the shepherd’s hook this morning (early – sun just coming up) and I tried to get a photo of both but missed it. Got the remaining bird on the hook with a grub in its beak. Look at the size of that meal! (I adjusted the photo to get the bird to stand out with the darker background. Not a lot of sun out there at 7:30 AM

    David
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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    After feeding that monster to the young ones.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Here he is again with another meal this afternoon. They have found a good source of these grubs somewhere

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    And Finally taking a break around 4:30 this afternoon.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    blue diamondsblue diamonds
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    Great pictures David. I like how you darkened the background to make the bluebird pop.

    Judy-Michigan

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    Awesome pics.
    I was remembering in the old forum someone taking awesome shots. Was that you!??!

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