July 10, 2021 at 10:57 am #9462
Well, my 3rd nest of blues has 5 eggs in it as of yesterday, and mama is incubating. I was hoping they would stop at 4, but they have a mind of their own! The fledglings from nest 2 are starting to come to the mealworm bowl and beg for worms from mom and dad. SO, SO funny to watch this escapade. When the bowl is empty they stay awhile as if to say “I want more” but that doesn’t happen until their 2nd feeding around supper time – they need to learn to hunt for their main meals.
July 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm #9469ChrisParticipant
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The timing of mine is similar, nest has 5 eggs, started incubating 6 July. When i whistle at feeding time, mom comes out of the box. I can recognize the fledgelings at a distance, they still aren’t great fliers.
SW OhJuly 19, 2021 at 7:59 am #9488
I’ve had a reprieve from the HOSP for several weeks (probably while they were nesting somewhere else) but this morning I had two trying to get into the mealworm bowl. The blues (parents and four 2nd nesters) were there and trying to chase them away. Also have one wren that has been singing and trying to get a nest built – of course I’ve been taking sticks out to keep it busy at this extra box so it will not bother my 3rd nest of eggs, which are due to hatch Friday, July 23. Just when you think things are going smoothly, something comes up. . . . . .July 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm #9495David in Stafford,VAParticipant
It is good to see that the parents are teaching the young ones how to defend the mealworm feeder. Hope for good news on Friday or Saturday, Carol. Stay cool.
Stafford, VAJuly 25, 2021 at 4:13 pm #9517
Nest #3 hatched on Friday – all five. Little worried about this heat spell (heat index over 100 degrees) we are having – I have a heat shield up but today I modified the back (west) side because I didn’t think it was quite large enough. When we looked in today they were all panting, like for air – mama has not been sitting (brooding) very much because it was just too hot and I believe they did not need anything to keep them warm! Parents are looking after them and the box very well- have a pesky wren making nests in a different box – trying to keep it busy there. I’ve done all I can do and hope they make it through this heat spell.July 25, 2021 at 4:44 pm #9520David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Congratulations on the hatch Carol. Hope it cools off a bit for you and the birds.
It was good to hear that the young ones are coming back to the feeder. Mine have not been back this year that I know of, although the feeder is empty most of the time when I go out to feed. Maybe after this last batch has grown a bit.
Stafford, VAJuly 30, 2021 at 8:31 pm #9528blue diamondsParticipant
Carol, so happy that your blues have brood #3 going. I think your heat shield will be helpful and keep them cool until the heatwave passes. My house wren has finally left the area. Happy about that. Stay cool.
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