13-day old babies

Our last look at the babies for awhile. I’m not going to open the box anymore until they fledge.  If  spooked out of they nest, they won’t return and the extra maturity of a few days means increased chances of survival.  Last year when the babies fledged, most followed Mama about 60 yards to some mature pecan trees on the creek. I was amazed that untested wings could fly that far.  Once on the creek, they huddled together about thirty-feet high.

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After fledging is complete, I’ll remove the nest and clean the box with a hose and bleach. These babies won’t be back once they bail.   As you can see in today’s pic, the babies are getting big. They really fill up the nest now.

Bluebirds fledge in 16-21 days, typically in the 17-18 range. I’m guessing these will fledge on the early side since there are only three and they have had lots of food and TLC from experienced parents.  My best guess is Monday or Tuesday of next week. Normally, I see them peeking out the box a lot prior to making the big leap.  Like I’ve said before, bluebird babies aren’t babies long.

Mama at the New Orleans Diner.

Summary:

  • 14 March First sign of nest-building
  • 16 March Nest completed
  • 20 March First egg laid
  • 22 March Second egg laid
  • 23 March Third egg laid
  • 24 March Fourth egg laid
  • 25 March Fifth egg laid
  • 08 April first 3 eggs hatch
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About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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One Response to 13-day old babies

  1. Hi Lindell, You have been so good to this family of birds. Thanks for the glimpse into the beautiful world of the Bluebirds! Great job! Have a wonderful day!

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