The babies continue to peer out of the nest box more frequently and venture out a little farther, but no signs of fledging yet. Another blustery spring day that can’t make up its mind if it wants to be windy, calm, sunny or dark. Most of the time on the dark side, but constantly changing. Not a good day for using a long lense, but we still got some interesting shots.
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And you thought changing diapers was a chore! What if you had 3 babies and had to dispose of their poop like this? Makes you appreciate Pampers, huh? It’s one of nature’s strange adaptations– the young of cavity nesting birds encase their poop in fecal sacs to prevent nest fouling. Along with endless bug catching, removing poop from the nest is a part of the tedium of parenting for bluebirds. They don’t seem to mind. The dedication of bluebirds to their offspring never ceases to amaze me. Their life is centered around insuring the survival of their babies. Sometimes I think humans could take some life lessons from them regarding fidelity and child rearing. A bit of anthropomorphism, I know.
The parents caught a lot of crickets and a few butterflies and caterpillars today. Mama brought in a colorful moth, too. Made for a good pic. Hopefully it tasted as good as it was pretty. Tomorrow could be the day. The weather may not be good for the baby’s first day outside the box. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.