June 20, 2021 at 5:37 pm #9347ChrisParticipant
Fledging complete, right on schedule (hatched june 3rd, fledged june 20th.)
I fed mom and dad mealworms, then after running errands this afternoon, mom was singing at the top of a wild cherry tree out front. i cleaned out the nest and removed the sparrow spooker. I’m glad they got out of the box today, its getting into the upper 80’s.
ChrisJune 20, 2021 at 9:06 pm #9350Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Great news, Chris – isn’t that a feeling of relief when they are out of the box. My 2nd nesters still have a week or more – was worried about the heat (been in the mid 90’s several days) but supposed to cool down some this coming week. I have a heat shield on and there is nothing more I can do. Parents are feeding them mealworms regularly – I will need to be ordering some more in about a week.June 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm #9374ChrisParticipant
The BB parents have been coming to eat mealworms, i find it interesting that the mother makes multiple trips taking mealworms over to my neighbor’s yard. Seems like alot of work to me. Undoubtedly the fledgelings are in trees in my neighbors yard somewhere, but that would be awkward to ask if i could watch birds in their yard.
i ran out of the mealworms i mail ordered, and luckily my Walmart has mealworms available in the fishing department. These are a fair amt bigger, maybe it makes the feeding of the fledglings easier. I’m keeping to the schedule of feeding morning and evening, as Carol does.
When i whistle and walk out to feed them, they seem to materialize out of nowhere. I think they keep an eye on the feeder from afar. They don’t quite perch on my shoulder like they do Uncle Remus in disney films, but i think they recognize me.June 23, 2021 at 11:57 am #9376Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Chris, your BB parents do exactly as mine do – when I whistle they come from everywhere, due to the fact that all 5 juveniles usually show up also. However, the parents usually get there first to pack up the mealworms and bring out to the 2nd nesters, which are now 11 days old and getting big. I, too, will be ordering another 10,000 worms in the next day or so. Due to the fact of the heat I believe I will order from my other supplier who ships one-day air. Living in Mid-Missouri it is usually too hot to ship by regular mail. I wasn’t ready to order during the cool days because I still had quite a few, enough for a week or so. Yes, your mama is taking the worms to your neighbors yard because that is where the newly fledged are – learning to fly good and how to hunt for their natural food.
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