April 29, 2022 at 8:40 am #24203
Well, right on target my bluebirds fledged yesterday at 17 days in the box. Know for sure 2 have fledged – watched mama & papa bring them mealworms. But I believe there may be a stubborn one left in the box, as after parents feed the 2 in the trees, I saw them go to the nestbox, but not with any food – believe they are coaxing it out by not bringing any worms – this is a teasing process that happens – parents will tease them out by withholding the food. BUT i’m not sure yet but will not open the box in case there is still one there.April 30, 2022 at 12:25 pm #24220ChrisParticipant
ChrisApril 30, 2022 at 1:34 pm #24222
I may have a problem with my last blue bird fledging. Today is two days overdue and the bird is still in the nest as far as I know – parents are now going to the box with food. Bet (our author of the Sialis.org website) has responded to my plea with info. We have decided together to wait until Sunday which would be 3 days overdue, and then if it has not fledged by around noon (when I’m back from church) I will open the box to see if the bird is somehow stuck in the box or hurt, which does happen sometime. I’m really getting concerned about it – I have never even seen it peek out of the hole as they do getting close to fledging time. I will take precation when opening the lid to keep it from jumping out. Wish me luck!!April 30, 2022 at 9:26 pm #24223
Carol, saying a prayer for that little bird! And one for you as you check it tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing the report. Thank you for sharing everything–it’s so helpful to learn.May 1, 2022 at 6:22 pm #24233
Carol, any updates? I’ve been wondering all day what you found…May 1, 2022 at 7:56 pm #24238
Julie & Chris, YAH – this morning before I went to church I saw parents at the box – when I got home I had decided to open the box on Sunday (3 days late) and there was nothing in it!!!! I was so very nervous about this – maybe find a crippled bird, or one marred in poop, one leg, etc. I am thanking God all day long – we have spotted the tree where the babies are as the parents are taking them mealworms. It is hard to keep track of them, though – they all fly in different dirrections. Soon the parents will take them away to teach them to hunt.
P.s. I disposed of two HOSP today with my inbox trap – I really have this down pat (no actual handling of them). However I did miss two nests which are at the back of our large lot and found eggs in both of them, which I promptly disposed of & took out nesting material. That won’t happen again – having to rid eggs as well as the nest.May 1, 2022 at 8:15 pm #24240
I am so happy for you, Carol!! That’s the best news. I was trying not to imagine bad outcomes. I just hate opening a box and finding problems. Congrats on round one of nesting! We’ll be eager to hear when the next nesting begins!May 3, 2022 at 10:30 pm #24268SkyonitsbackParticipant
Wow, I just followed this drama and my heart was pounding! So happy for the outcome. One of the most awesome sights I ever saw in my life was last year, when one baby didn’t fledge. The parents fledged the other two and then dad came back and looked after the one left behind. Next morning, soon after dawn, dad got on the shed roof, sang his calling song, baby put head out with a face like, “I really don’t want to do this but I have to!” and left the nest. It ended up on the ground and there was a bit of confusion while it called to be found, but dad was on it in seconds and off they went. It was such family drama and so beautifully resolved by these very best bluebird parents!May 4, 2022 at 8:52 am #24270David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Great news Carol.. I finally have a nest going up in the box – just a bit late.
Stafford, VAMay 4, 2022 at 12:22 pm #24272
Thanks everyone – my blues already have a really nice nest with good cup for next time – glad she hasn’t laid any eggs, as it is terrible weather, cold and rainly all this week. But I expect to see one as soon as the weather cooperates. David, glad yours finally got with it!
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