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    Rich K

      Well all four of my babes from Clutch #2 flew this morning. Two boys and two girls to go with the boy from clutch #1. Haven’t seen them yet but mom and dad still busy collecting meal worms from the feeder and flying into the trees. We have significant cover in the yard so I am hopeful they make it. Is it normal to feel a little “sad” even though they have all flown and it was successful!? I feel I have invested so much time on this clutch with HOSP trapping, providing meal worms, chasing off wrens and a Sharp Shinned Hawk! It’s like they are my own kids!! Am I normal!?!

      Carol – Mid-Mo.

        Absolutely normal, Rich – just like our own children leaving home!!


        Carol is right. The bluebird family becomes OUR family as we monitor, feed, protect when necessary. It is normal to be concerned following the successful fledge of the young. But don’t let it get to you. You now have to clean the box and get it ready for the next cycle. The world goes on and the birds are now in their own element. Nature has a way of taking care of them beyond anything that we can do. Congratulations on the fledge of this brood

        Stafford, VA


          Hi Rich,
          Like Carol and David said prior to this post it’s totally normal to feel sad when they leave. It makes one wish summertime could last much longer.

          Lancaster, PA

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