May 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm #4381
How come today I am seeing 2 females landing on the hole opening? I know there are 2 I seen them both at the same time, but not together at the house. Is this normal? Never seen this for a while, but did when the couple 1st started making the nest, but the babie’s should be leaving sometime this week the time is right. We had a lot of rain today and sideways wind with rain.May 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm #4382Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Dene, could it be a young female from a previous nesting at this box? Sometimes they actually help feed their siblings!May 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm #4383
No, This is the 1st nesting we have ever had?May 22, 2017 at 6:53 pm #4384
I don’t think the baby’s are ready to go yet, but I can’t see inside the box, too short and my husband won’t be home for a couple hours yet, but he did say he thought he seen a baby BB out front yesterday grabbing a worm? Said it looked wobbly and not all the way an adult but he wasn’t sure and we haven’t checked the nest for a couple days because the last they looked like getting big enough to not want to scare them to fledge too soon and it could have just been a baby from another nest. The other female I see is bigger than the one that laid the eggs and been here all the while.
The Mom is still carrying out sacks,
May 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm #4386
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The other female keeps coming back and sticking her head in the hole, not feeding or anything and it looks like the Mom just tried to chase her away? Why is the happening?May 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm #4389Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
If this is not one of her offspring (could be from nest somewhere else or from last year) and is truly another adult female, they will chase them from “their” territory, like most birds. Even offspring from a previous nesting will be chased off by parents during nesting season to protect the food territory. This is their way of saying “grow up and leave home.”May 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm #4390dogsandbirdsModerator
Dene don’t worry about this extra female. Maybe she doesn’t have a mate and is curious. The other adults will chase her away if they feel the need.
Atlanta, GAMay 23, 2017 at 9:30 am #4402
She is still coming and going – removing sacks and feeding the babies some but not a lot? The real Mom kind of cashes her off, but not seriously and the wanna be looks like she is sneaking most of the time, hiding in the tree and on top of our shed then sneaks in just to look inside the box or go in for a minute most of the time when the Mom & Dad aren’t there? Maybe a Grandma? I just find this really weird! We did not get a chance to look in the box last night when my husband got home because of rain. The babies should be fledging this week some time, so should we try to look inside to see what is going on inside? Don’t want to make the babies fledge too soon and cause them a problem, but don’t know if they are ok or not? This is all strange to me!May 23, 2017 at 9:38 am #4403tamseaModerator
If this female is feeding them and removing fecal sacs im sure it’s a bluebird but it did concern me when you said she’s bigger than the mom. I’ve never heard of a bluebird being noticeable bigger than another one. If it is indeed a bluebird….no worries.
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