September 4, 2019 at 11:28 am #7763agpiowaParticipant
I had two pair nesting in two boxes, one across my pond and the other in my back yard. Both boxes had two nestings of 5 eggs each and all of them hatched and fledged so 10 from each box (20 total). However I am unable to monitor the box across the pond as well so I only believe they all hatched and fledged because when I checked the house there were no unhatched eggs or babies in there after each fledging. I do believe one of the fledglings from my back yard house may have been eaten by a cat. I was out of town but when I got home there were some feathers and remains on my patio unfortunately. I’ve been seeing a lot of the babies from both hatchings from my backyard box hanging around on the fences drop hunting. I don’t feed mealworms because I am out of town too much. Don’t want them to be dependent then me gone for days at a time.
agp in IowaSeptember 8, 2019 at 9:33 pm #7764blue diamondsParticipant
AGP in Iowa…..20 fledgling is great‼️ That takes the tally up to 80 from 7 bluebird caregivers. Happy to hear they are still hanging out in your yard. I have not seen any of mine for about a month. Still see the hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles, daily. The season is definitely whining down. I’m looking forward to Spring and hearing the first bluebird call …followed by Mr. blue sitting on top of a box waving his wing. Happy birding.
Judy-MichiganSeptember 19, 2019 at 7:32 am #7769DanaParticipant
If I remember correctly I think I had a total of 9 fledge from my slotted nest box. During the 2nd nesting my bluebird pair had 3 fledglings hanging around from their 1st brood/nest which took place at another location. So if you add those 3 babies to the 9 that fledged from my box that would make it a total of 12.September 20, 2019 at 11:54 am #7771blue diamondsParticipant
Thanks Dana for adding your fledglings. We now have 8 caregiver reports on their fledglings, giving us a new total of 92 fledglings‼️ This makes the average 11.5 per bluebird caregiver. Not bad, we are making a difference.
My bluebirds have been gone since the first week in August. The Baltimore Orioles left the middle of September. Still have female hummingbirds coming to the nectar feeders. Morning are sure quiet with most of the song birds gone.
Judy-MichiganSeptember 30, 2019 at 4:56 am #7772DanaParticipant
My pleasure! I think your idea of tallying up the number of babies fledged at the end of the season is a great idea! 92 fledglings is awesome!! That’s almost 100 more bluebirds added to the population as a whole! I think it would be fun to do this tally at the end of summer again next year. It’s nice to get an idea of what progress we all here are making helping our beloved “blues”.October 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm #7776SassyParticipant
I agree with Dana, doing the count again next year is a great idea, 92 is an impressive number for 8 of us.
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