About to fledge…

No baby pics today.  After 13 days, I don’t open the box because it could cause the babies to jump out and they won’t go back into the box if that happens.  Just a day or two means a lot in their development and survival chances out in the big cruel world where lots of critters would love to dine on baby bluebird.  I did get a neat shot of Daddy bringing in a cricket and one of the babies is up in the hole waiting for his meal. This shot was taken with a shutter speed of 1/2000 second and firing at 8 frames per second.  And his wings are still blurred.  Maybe I can use a still faster shutter speed if the light is good.

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We do have a mockingbird baby pic, though.  They wouldn’t pose this morning. I tell my wife that taking pics of birds is almost as hard as taking pics of kids.  But, not quite.  The grasshoppers are just hatching out and the mockers are bringing in lots of big tender meals.

I was drinking coffee on the patio this morning when the male mocker brought in something really large.  I couldn’t tell what it was, but it looked way too big for a baby to swallow.  After I cropped the pic three times, I could identify a lizard.  The tail is missing and the bird has the head in his beak. Right after I snapped this pic, the bird swallowed him head-first and whole.  These mockers are real predators.

The male mockingbird with the lizard.

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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.

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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