My last group of blues fledged almost 3 weeks ago (some this Sunday). Parents have ALWAYS brought them back to their home area within 2 weeks to teach them to eat the mealworms. They have to feed the worms to them at first and they soon learn to eat from the dish. I saw parents bring worms away to the babies for about 2 weeks, but this past week have noticed they are getting smaller amount of worms & just eating them, not bring them away. I am afraid that these last 4 young blues did not make it, not even one. BUT I will continue to look for them. I still have some juveniles from the previous fledging – thinking that the parents should have chased them off to bring the newer ones around. Keeping my fingers crossed . . . . but know I can do nothing!
Hi Carol –
It could be that the parents are filling up the fledglings on more insects and less mealworms as insects are still very plentiful. Also this time of year it’s possible the bluebirds may be starting to form family flocks and move about to different areas to forage for food. It’s hard to tell whats happened but I’m with you in hoping they are safe.