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  • #3916

    % new little blues this morning. All look well and mom and dad bird are feeding. So we are looking at a fledge date of May 13.

    David
    Stafford, VA

    #3917
    nhhawk6
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      Congratulations, David!!! Beyond awesome news! They look great! Keep us informed.
      My mama laid two eggs, took a day off (I saw the same two eggs the next day), and today, she won’t leave the nest. My take is she has laid 1-3 more eggs, and has decided to begin incubating right away. Will let you know.

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      Randy
      Bedford, New Hampshire

      #3919

      Sounds like the start of incubation. Good luck with the new brood Randy.

      David
      Stafford, VA

      #3926
      Carol – Mid-Mo.
      Participant

        Congrats, David – hope all goes well.

        #3942

        Day 1 with the new hatchlings and mama and papa blues are actively feeding the young. Here are a couple of photos of them at work today.

        David
        Stafford, VA

        #3949
        Lisa
        Participant

          I am jealous!I thought today was hatch day but I checked this morning and saw one egg which almost looked like a peck and not a pip. I didn’t get home til 10 PM but went out to make sure my wren guard was all good and intact and found a perfect half bluebird eggshell in the grass.
          I won’t look tonight as badly as it’s killing me but it would be very unusual for mom to leave the half shell so close to the nest box. I am so nervous to look in the box tomorrow. I will either have happy nestlings or another broken heart.

          #3950
          Lisa
          Participant

            Amazing photos by the way!!!!

            #3953

            Lisa, I hope the little ones are okay. It just could have been a drop by mama as she was clearing the nest. Good luck.

            David
            Stafford, VA

            #3955
            Carol – Mid-Mo.
            Participant

              Great photos, Lisa! By the way, don’t forget not to use a flash on your camera when the babies are still very young (maybe it is before eyes are open – refer to http://www.Sialis.com There is some concern that the flash might harm their eyes when they are very young. And I agree with David that this “perfect half shell) is probably an accidental drop by mama, but I would sure remove it. Bood luck when you look tomorrow.

              #3956
              Lisa
              Participant

                Relief! Just an accidental drop! All 5 made it out safely….
                Now I’m freaking out because I’ve been outside a half hour and no feeding action, Hmmmmm I hope it’s not the wren guard.
                LOL as soon as I finished typing that saw mama fly out. Whew! I’m way too nervous for this hobby ;)

                #3959
                Carol – Mid-Mo.
                Participant

                  David, sorry about the photos – I gave Lisa credit, when they were yours. But they WERE great. P.S. Lisa, I am relieved you saw mama fly out – now take it easy and enjoy.

                  #3960

                  Lisa, you need to take a breath and relax. Feedings happen in spurts – not continuously. Mine feed early in the morning like between 7:00 to around 10:00 then they seem to take a break until 2:00 and then another spurt around 5:-7pm. They may not come to the box as long as you are outside in the vicinity of the box. You may not see any activity at the nestbox for an hour if it is warm. The female would probably be inside if the weather gets bad or it cools down significantly before they rest for the night.

                  Enjoy the blues as they grow.

                  :bluesinbox:

                  David
                  Stafford, VA

                  #3963
                  Lisa
                  Participant

                    Thanks David! It was about 10 when I was out there. It’s plenty warm here so I’m not surprised she’s out. Fecal sac removed so I will relax and enjoy now!

                    #3965
                    Lisa
                    Participant

                      So I figured it out…. dad gets a mouthful…meets mom in the tree…she takes them in. Good thing I’m on vacation tomorrow so i can stop obsessing1

                      #3974
                      Dana
                      Participant

                        Love your bluebird pictures David! Congrats with the new baby blues!! :hoppingblue:

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