Well, as I mentioned in my thread “Worried about my fledglings”, I still have not seen these newly fledged babies at all. Yes, they COULD be out there, but I have my doubts. What is most interesting is that today I was outside tending to my flower garden chores, when I noticed my group of blues (papa, mama and 2 or 3 older juveniles) out in the back of my yard at one of my Gilwood boxes, flying around and around. Well I didn’t think much about it but before I went back to my house, I decided to look in that Gilwood box and there are beginnings of a bluebird nest in it! Not much, but there is almost a full circle of grass in the bottom of this box. Here is a mother’s instincts about this – this pair of blues had only two successful fledgings out of 4 nests, and this last one I do believe the newly fledged babies survived only about 2 weeks, and then gone. This mama bird is pining away for those baby blues and wants another nesting. Now, I am almost positive it would be too late in the season for this, so my question is, do I plug up this hole or just let them do their thing? Has anyone here in the Midwest had any eggs in September?
I would let them do their thing but I seriously doubt she will lay eggs. Comfort yourself with this: they don’t pine for their babies. I’m a mother and I would pine for my babies but I’m human just like you!
The birds do return at times following the last nesting and do bring some materials to the box. When I put my nestbox back up after cleaning on the 3rd nesting I leave the front panel door open. It stays open until October when the weather cools down here. That way they do not try to rebuild a nest in the box. They still come to it, hop around, fly to and from the trees, just to see if the box is still here.