We have been in Texas for a few days, so I haven’t reported on the bluebirds. They have grown a lot. Feathers are developing and they are to the stage that they perceive me as a predator when I open the box. Instead of opening their mouths, they get down into the nest as far as they can and remain motionless.
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Daddy was glad to see the worm man when we returned home. I went out on the patio with my bowl of cereal this morning and Daddy was immediately on the mealworm feeder. He knows the routine. After gobbling down a couple, Daddy fed the babies. I can hear them chirping now when the parents come near the box. A pic of Daddy with a flaps-down landing on the entrance to the box.
The baby mockingbirds are growing fast, too. The parents are much more wary of me than the bluebirds. At first they wouldn’t bring bugs to the babies if I were on the patio. But, they have gained confidence that I am not a threat and will come to the nest now. They perch and watch me for a couple of minutes, but if I remain seated, they go into the nest just a few feet from me. Throw in all the other birds that visit this red dirt hill and I have quite the nature show.
Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid
- 09 May Third egg laid
- 14 May Incubation began
- 25 May Two eggs hatched, one remaining
- 29 May Unhatched egg removed. Unfertilized.