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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Well, my 3rd nest of blues has 5 eggs in it as of yesterday, and mama is incubating. I was hoping they would stop at 4, but they have a mind of their own! The fledglings from nest 2 are starting to come to the mealworm bowl and beg for worms from mom and dad. SO, SO funny to watch this escapade. When the bowl is empty they stay awhile as if to say “I want more” but that doesn’t happen until their 2nd feeding around supper time – they need to learn to hunt for their main meals.

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    Chris
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    Carol,

    The timing of mine is similar, nest has 5 eggs, started incubating 6 July. When i whistle at feeding time, mom comes out of the box. I can recognize the fledgelings at a distance, they still aren’t great fliers.

    Chris
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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    I’ve had a reprieve from the HOSP for several weeks (probably while they were nesting somewhere else) but this morning I had two trying to get into the mealworm bowl. The blues (parents and four 2nd nesters) were there and trying to chase them away. Also have one wren that has been singing and trying to get a nest built – of course I’ve been taking sticks out to keep it busy at this extra box so it will not bother my 3rd nest of eggs, which are due to hatch Friday, July 23. Just when you think things are going smoothly, something comes up. . . . . .

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    It is good to see that the parents are teaching the young ones how to defend the mealworm feeder. Hope for good news on Friday or Saturday, Carol. Stay cool.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Nest #3 hatched on Friday – all five. Little worried about this heat spell (heat index over 100 degrees) we are having – I have a heat shield up but today I modified the back (west) side because I didn’t think it was quite large enough. When we looked in today they were all panting, like for air – mama has not been sitting (brooding) very much because it was just too hot and I believe they did not need anything to keep them warm! Parents are looking after them and the box very well- have a pesky wren making nests in a different box – trying to keep it busy there. I’ve done all I can do and hope they make it through this heat spell.

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Congratulations on the hatch Carol. Hope it cools off a bit for you and the birds.

    It was good to hear that the young ones are coming back to the feeder. Mine have not been back this year that I know of, although the feeder is empty most of the time when I go out to feed. Maybe after this last batch has grown a bit.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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