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  • #6917
    Sassy
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    On 8/24 the last brood left the nest. I once again was able to witness it, or at least most of it, I saw 3 of the 4 fly and my husband saw the last one take wing. They seem to be in a different area than the last ones. I see the adults early in the AM and late in the day. Tonight they came to the bird bath for a drink, a bath and looked like a little hanky panky. :blush2: Surely they cannot be thinking of building another nest and having another brood. Anyway it has been a productive year for BBs here in Western PA. (10) new ones in the air, and I am thrilled I was a small part of it.
    Hope all of you had a great summer.
    Connie (PA)

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    This was my first season with any success, 2 nests, ten eggs……. only 3 fledglings. I’m hoping each year will be better than the last. Biggest problem here are the house wrens. They are so sneaky! If the bluebirds leave the nest unattended they are in there ruining the eggs. I have been watching for the blues to bring their family to my birdbaths, but haven’t seen them yet. Some evenings I will see them on the high wires just before dusk. Many times I think I can hear them in the trees, but can’t spot them. I had a lot of fun checking on their nests and watching their actions around the nesting box with the TRES in the paired box. I’m looking forward to next season and hopefully more fledglings. Best wishes to all.

    Judy-Michigan

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    tamseatamsea
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    It is kind of sad. Summers ending and my bluebirds are scarce and my martins have made their long trip back home. Quiet here now.

    Tammy

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    Sassy
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    Hi Judy:
    We went away on the 30th of Aug. and just got home today. I had no idea what happened to my new fledglings but I put fresh worms out and whistled but did not see a thing. Tonight around 7:30 I was on the phone when I husband motioned to me, pointing towards the feed dish. I looked out and saw 4 BB’s but could not identify if they were the new babies or Mama and Papa and two babies, but at least I know they are still around and then two of them went to the bird bath and took a bath. I thought the new babies would just start coming down out of the trees to feed themselves since they are only 11 days out of the nest, so possibly the ones I saw were from the first fledge. I know how much you enjoyed watching them and following their progress, I did the same.
    Hope you have better luck next year, but 3 new BB’s is better than none.
    Connie (PA)

    #6927
    Sassy
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    It is hard Tammy to know that soon I probably will not see any more BB’s for the remainder of the year, but it definitely has been a great year and I enjoyed every day from the first day I saw the pair checking out the BB box till today when they are still coming in for food and bathing.
    We can look forward to next year and more BB’s, and spend the cold, snowy months feeding the winter birds, and before we know it spring will be here again.
    Connie (PA)

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    Finally…….I saw papa blue with one fledgling in the birdbath! It was exciting for me, I’ve been watching often in hopes to see them. I have to say they were very fast …..in and out in less than one minute. Maybe they had been there before and I missed it. I have not seen mama blue, she has very little coloring and laid the rarely seen pink eggs. I can still hear them in the trees, but they are not hanging out in sight. It’s been a fun season, I’m looking forward to next spring. Happy birding!

    Judy-Michigan

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    Sassy
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    So happy for you Judy. I am so glad you got to see Papa and one baby bathing.
    We just had lots of rain, 4 inches here in the last 4 days, but there are lots of places with more than we got, but while it rained day and night I did not put any mealworms out since they do not survive in water. I have not seen any blue birds around at all, but this morning I could hear a baby chirping so I assumed they were around yet. I put out some mealworms when the weather let up but it drizzled on and off all day long, but when I went to get the feed dish to dump it out all the worms were gone. I put more out and whistled but nothing appeared, so we will see what happens in the AM. It has been a good year, and I have so many happy memories of helping 10 new BB’s take to the sky.
    :flippingblue:
    Connie (PA)

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    tamseatamsea
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    Mine are back now. And they’ll be here for the remainder of the winter. I love winter with my bluebird.

    Tammy

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    I hope I can say the same thing about my blues Tammy. Seeing them today was a real treat.
    :birddance: Connie (PA)

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