Sticking head out of box at night

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  • #3721
    LantanaAl
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      Last night the female bluebird had her head sticking out of the box for several hours it seems. I thought this was strange. It was like she wanted to keep her eye out for predators. I went out there (when it was dark) and it seemed to “play dead” even though I got rather close. Tonight she started doing the same thing but eventually went back in the box (I am monitoring with a nest cam). The babies are about 6 days old (after hatching). Is this normal behavior? I don’t recall seeing this (the female sticking its head out at night for hours) on previous nestings.

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      #3727
      Love my blues!
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        My female did that last year pretty often. She’s not doing it in this box, though. Hope all goes well!

        Nicole

        #3738
        LantanaAl
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          My female did that last year pretty often. She’s not doing it in this box, though. Hope all goes well!

          Thanks. Glad to hear there are other birds doing the same.

          #3747
          dogsandbirds
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            I am glad you have a cam so you can at least see what is going on in the box, no matter what she does with her head. Try not to go out there after dark. If you flush her from the box she won’t be able to find her way back.

            Gin
            Atlanta, GA

            #3755
            Carol – Mid-Mo.
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              Wow, Gin – good call about going to the box after dark. I have never done this but then again, never thought about flushing mama from the nest and her not being able to find her way back. Great advise!

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