July 23, 2022 at 8:15 pm #26796
Well, I have nest #4 all set up with bluebird materials – saw them go to the box several times in the past 2 days – but I am not real sure if it is the same parents as the other 3 boxes. Dear hubby says he saw them go from our yard/trees where they have been hanging out all season and then out to the #4 box which is at the very back of our two acre home lot – sure won’t be quite as easy as the other 3 which were just about 75-100 feet from our house. Looked for eggs today but none yet – will keep updates coming.July 24, 2022 at 1:37 pm #26797
UPDATE: First BB egg in box #4 was found this morning -this will be a FIRST 4th nesting I have ever had in one season – I am pretty sure it is the same parents as other 3 nests because I just see the two of them around here. I will need to get my sparrow spooker up later today – after it cools down some. Wow, more work – and I will be out of worms in about 1 week or two – guess they will have to fend for themselves as no one will ship worms in this heat!July 25, 2022 at 1:09 pm #26800
UPDATE – well, 2nd egg was found today – guess they are going to do their “thing”. Enjoy them but this box is a distance from our home and not as easy to see to know what is going on. On well . . .July 26, 2022 at 9:45 am #26801JulieParticipant
Carol, so exciting for a record-breaking season!!! Wow! 4th nesting!! It sounds like they’re going to make it a little harder on you this go round, choosing the furthest-away house. Best wishes to you in the heat and with monitoring. Re: the mealworms…At this point in the season, my yard is a bug feast! The blues are constantly diving off perches to hunt and often just fly thru the air grabbing things. It’s so comical to see. I’ve got caterpillars on the kale, so plan to bring up a bunch of them for the blues. But I’m sure yours will manage without all the mealworms yummies. Congratulations!!July 26, 2022 at 12:29 pm #26802
Thanks, Julie – yes they are not getting nearly the amount of worms as usual and yes, there are plenty of bugs out there – have cut back to one small feeding in the morning – they are bringing them to the big trees where I suspect the just fledged birds are – but I am not getting to see the parents bring the young ones to the worm bowl where they just flutter and flutter begging for the worms – that is the #1 best fun of this whole hobby!
P.S. now have 3 eggs as of this morning.July 27, 2022 at 1:44 pm #26803JulieParticipant
Carol, I was watching a red bellied woodpecker feed a baby at our suet sandwich feeder last night and thought of you. I was thinking that you would probably miss getting to see the babies coming to the feeder. That’s a bummer! I completely understand. But even the one feeding you’re able to do sure helps the parents out. And 3 eggs! That’s fantastic! Our 2nd batch of 4 hatched yesterday, so we’re off and running. We were so worried in the high heat.July 28, 2022 at 10:32 pm #26804David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Good for you. Way to build up your numbers :)
Stafford, VAJuly 29, 2022 at 6:32 pm #26810
Well, mama blue stopped at 4 eggs (thankfully!) and began incubating I believe on Thursday – I did go out today late afternoon – whistled at the box and out she came – peeked in and saw the 4 eggs.
I’m sure at a loss about mealworms – I have just enough for maybe a week (feeding a small amount only one time a day). I am going to check the worm places to see if any are shipping again. These parents are feeding the last juveniles and I actually got to see one on the worm cage this morning – it did not eat any worms but did show up. I know there are plenty of bugs around, but when this 4th nesting fledge they will have their hands full – on well, this is when parents say “time to be on your own”. Hope everyone else on here is having good luck with their nests.
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