June 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm #7364SassyParticipant
Either Friday or Sat. the babies took wing. Mama and Papa were really busy that morning and one or more of the little ones were hanging half way out of the box from time to time. We went away for a few days and when we returned yesterday they were gone so I took the old nest out and cleaned the box. I have not seen the little ones at all, but yesterday evening I saw what I think was the same adult pair, first papa on the top of the box then checking out the inside, then mama appeared and checked things out and papa did the same once again, neither entered, and then they took off. I am hoping they return for the second go round.
I think mama wanted to see if the maid did a good job on cleaning the house. I hope she gave me the stamp of approval.
Congrats David and Carol on your second nesting. I never thought of putting some pine needles in the box, but I might give that a try David. Didn’t know that would work.
Mealworms were a waste of money for me this year. We have the 17 year cicadas and they are everywhere. The birds are being well fed, lots of protein for the birds and lots of annoying humming all day long for the people, but this pair had no interest in mealworms at all even before the cicadas. Is that strange?
Connie (PA)June 5, 2019 at 6:15 pm #7369Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Connie, congrats on the successful fledge – that is always such a relief. I cannot imagine the blues not being interested in the mealwormss – even with the cicadas around. Were you buying dried or live worms? My 1st bunch of blues are now eating with the parents at the worm bowl – 4 fledged but so far I have only seen 2 and possibly 3 of them. We had those terrible storms & rain just a day or two after they left the nest and I was worried about them.June 6, 2019 at 7:52 am #7373blue diamondsParticipant
Connie…..great news about your fledglings. I hope they start nest #2 soon. I keep putting out the dried mealworms, I see other birds eat them but never a bluebird. Maybe we just have so many yummy bugs they don’t want them. I’m sure the live mealworms would be much more appealing. Good luck.
Judy-MichiganJune 6, 2019 at 10:47 pm #7384SassyParticipant
Carol, thank you. I have not seen any of the youngsters but they are probably around. I was feeding them live mealworms or trying to but no success either early on or during the brooding period. I cleaned the whole mealworm feeder today and put some fresh live ones in there but didn’t see a single bird of any kind enter the feeder. I have to start using them up, they are beginning to die.
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