First brood went great, second brood went well until the third day the baby bluebirds hatched and I noticed the male wasn’t around nor bringing in food. I had a total meltdown thinking the mother would abandon them since that happened last year when the female came up missing. I went outside the next morning almost in tears and I couldn’t believe it but the female came out of the bluebird house. She has continued to take care of the 3 bb babies 13 days all alone. If she can stay safe for 3 more days I know the baby bb’s have a chance to fledge. I tried helping with mealworms but she didn’t find them and other birds started coming around eating them which caused her to try and defend her area off.
Yes, bluebirds are strong and a resilient batch of birds – it is of course easier for both parents to tend to the babies, but one can do it when necessary. I have also had this happen. Good luck with the fledging process.
All 3 baby birds fledged at 18 days old. The mother bluebird was patiently waiting on each one to come out. I saw her taking food to each one. She worked hard for 15 days alone taking care of them. I’m sure she will continue taking care of them until she thinks they are capable of providing for themselves. Stay safe Bluebird family.