Since the bluebirds didn’t nest in the back yard this time, I haven’t been able to keep close tabs and provide photos. They still show up for mealworms every morning and a couple of times recently Daddy II has seen me out in the yard in the evening and begged for worms.
Mama II on the feeder. Click to enlarge.
Yesterday morning Daddy gathered up a mouthful of worms like he always does when feeding babies, but instead of flying to the nest, he flew to the big pecan trees on the creek. This indicates the babies have fledged. I suspect Mama and Daddy will bring them to the back yard in a week or so for a visit. This makes two successful fledges this year.
Since the bluebirds showed no interest in the Gilbertson box I put up after the second clutch of eggs was destroyed by a HOSP, I replaced it with a traditional wooden box. In the photo, you can see the the yellow blur of Plains Coreopsis on the reddirt hill. I enhanced bird habitat a little by having a couple of 14-foot Chinaquapin oaks planted out behind the house a ways. The local birds, including the bluebirds, are already using them. An oak tree can host over 500 species of insects. If you want baby birds around your house, it’s necessary to have an abundance of insects. Baby birds don’t eat anything else. Planting species native to your area improves wildlife and bird habitat.