August 3, 2019 at 4:40 pm #7698
Carol- Congratulations on your hatch. Now we are waiting to hear how Dana’s hatch went and how agp’s fledges go.
Lots of little blues in August!!!
Stafford, VAAugust 3, 2019 at 9:44 pm #7700blue diamondsParticipant
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David….thanks for sharing your photos always exciting to see the hatchlings. Hope #4 hatches soon.
Carol….great to hear all five of your 3rd nesting hatched. I was hoping you would report, I knew your hatch day was suppose to be Thursday.
Congratulations‼️ Happy Birding‼️
Judy-MichiganAugust 4, 2019 at 3:57 pm #7701
I hope that this doesn’t become a duplicate post.
#4 Hatched today. They all look healthy and hungry. I did see the male bird and 3 of the last fledglings in the trees as I took these pictures.
Stafford, VAAugust 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm #7706
Here are Mama and Papa ready to feed the little ones.
Stafford, VAAugust 6, 2019 at 8:37 am #7707
Nice, David. My blues are molting right now and it is hard to tell them apart. Your pictures above show clearly male & female. My pair are doing a little better about feeding the worms to newly hatched babies. They haven’t chased any of the previous fledglings away, so they were not getting many worms for the new babies. I split up the mealworm bowls so there are two now and seems to work better. Sure hope these 5 babies fledge successfully and yours, also, and any others waiting for empty boxes.August 6, 2019 at 9:50 am #7709
Thanks Carol. I didn’t put up a mealworm feeder this year because of excessive travel so I do not have the “returning fleglings” problem. I do see them flying around the trees and in neighbors yards with the parent birds quite often. They fly into a wooded area across the street from our house. I imagine that is where the good supply of insects and grubs are.
When is your expected fledge date? Hope all goes well.
Stafford, VAAugust 6, 2019 at 10:48 am #7711
Fledge date is around Aug. 17 or 18th. Yes, need to be around to feed the birds – between the blues and the hummers, I spend a lot of time filling up feeders. However, on the mealworms, I am a true believer that they should be used as a treat only and a little help with babies. They do need to find food and be able to survive on their own. Even though I grunt a little about it, I love to watch them when they come to my whistle & eat.August 10, 2019 at 7:56 pm #7715
Here we are at day 7. It looks like the one in the back right might be the one that hatched the day after the other 3. The 2 up front must be getting most of the food. Just an observation – I could be wrong.
Stafford, VAAugust 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm #7716
Cool picture, David – we just got back from a weekend away from home – peeked in at my babies and they had really grow – now 10 days old.August 12, 2019 at 8:17 pm #7718dogsandbirdsModerator
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David it looks like two smaller ones to me. Not to worry too much. They do have a way of catching up most of the time.
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