At 8:23 this morning the last bluebird baby leaped into the big wide world. They were right on time, fledging on the seventeenth day after their hatch. I’d watched some this morning and decided to make myself a breakfast shake and work out. In the middle of my shake Carolyn called to me that one of the babies had it’s head out of the box quite far.
I grabbed my camera and opened the bedroom door to get a clear shot of the box. I could tell this baby was going to bail. It was calling loudly and I could hear one of the parents calling back. After about a half-dozen false starts, it jumped and immediately knew how to use those untested wings. What I didn’t know was if this was the first or last or somewhere in between to fledge. It turned out to be the last one. Wish I’d seen them all and I might have been able to get a good in-flight shot. Like I often say, bluebird babies aren’t babies long.
It appears that the parents have them down on the creek. It’s lined with mature pecan trees that are 70-feet or so tall. The parents will continue to feed them for a couple of weeks. I expect they are all huddled together right now. When the bluebirds come for worms, I’ll attempt to watch where they fly with a mouthful to locate the babies. I think this is the thirteenth brood of bluebirds we’ve put on this hill and it feels good to get off a successful hatch.
The fourth baby peers out of the box just prior to fledging. Click to enlarge.
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First Brood Summary:
- First sign of nest building 09 March
- Nest completed 15 March
- First egg laid 18 March
- Second egg laid 19 March
- Third egg laid 20 March
- Fourth egg laid 21 March
- Fifth egg laid 22 March
- Incubation begins 25 March
- Four eggs hatch 08 April
- Removed unhatched egg 11 April
- Babies fledge 25 April