June 30, 2020 at 8:08 pm #8490
Well, my juveniles from first nesting have all disappeared, all four of them. They have been here ever since fledging May 13. Parents may have said “Go find yourselves a home – it’s time you moved out”. This is quite unusual from my experiences, – usually 1 or 2 may leave but I have never had all leave at the same time. Parents just have this lone one baby bird to feed now – it us very unusual for me to put out worms and the birds not eat all of them in a minutes a few minutes. My 10,000 shipment of worms may last me through the season now – they are busy eating carrots for about 24 hours right now, then back in the fridge.June 30, 2020 at 10:08 pm #8491
That is strange Carol. But they may still be around, just not at your feeder.
Stafford, VAJuly 1, 2020 at 7:35 am #8492
Well, they heard my cry about being lonely – they were back this morning at the worm bowl. Thanks, David, for your encouragement, you were right.July 1, 2020 at 8:43 am #8493JamieParticipant
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They could also be filling up on berries. I know my serviceberries have been picked clean, and now the mulberry tree is ripening and full of all kinds of birds at the moment. Black raspberries are starting to ripen as well. I know my blues love berries, I usually pick a handful and throw them into the bluebird feeder with the mealies, that way they have a few “free ones” that they don’t have to fight the mockingbirds for.July 1, 2020 at 9:56 am #8494
Carol, It is not like the young ones to leave the parents so soon. They probably found a cool tree to stay at for the day and came back when they got hungry.
Jamie, I had not heard about the blackberries. Another reason for some fruit in the garden.
Have a good day.
Stafford, VAJuly 1, 2020 at 9:47 pm #8497
Thanks again, David – and Jamie yes, they usually like bugs and natural foods, especially berries. My juveniles were probably stuffing themselves on something else. I noticed this evening when parents were here for worms that they were not with them again. I do have a service berry tree and also a crab apple tree, but do not usually see any birds on these. I am probably missing them but never have seen anything eat from them. Oh well . . . . .
P.S. We had a lightning strike around our house this morning and knocked out some phones, my internet modem, and just found out our outside well pump was hit, as we had no outside well water which I use for flowers, birdbaths, etc. A storm, small hail & lightening were very threatening and we may still be finding things which it hit. My son happened to have a spare modem and put it on tonight so now I can be “surfing the net” again.July 2, 2020 at 8:04 am #8501JulieParticipant
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Wow, Carol, you’ve had quite a 24 hours! Here’s hoping things settle with little lasting damage from the lightning. I have found that the blues like berries, too. I have red raspberries they eat, and in winter, they always visit the flower pots on the porch, which I stuff with evergreens and berried holly branches. They gobble those berries right up! They also devour the blackberry lily berries in the fall and winter. It’s comical b/c they get very territorial about those berries–mama and papa get them, usually, but not so much the young ‘uns.July 2, 2020 at 1:47 pm #8504
Carol, I didn’t read you full post and missed the storm damage. Those mid-west storms can be devastating. I lived in Iowa for many years and remember the power going out for long periods of time. This was before the internet so all we missed was the TV, radio, and sometimes telephone.
Sure glad that you are okay.
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