The big event took place yesterday on the 18th day after hatch and I missed it! Normally there is a lot of peeking out of the box prior to fledging and some coaxing by the parents. But, if one chick goes, they normally all follow immediately, so unless one monitors non-stop it’s easy to miss a fledging.
Normally the adult birds take the babies down to the creek where there are some huge pecan trees and put the babies high up out of danger. In a few days when they are stronger fliers, they usually come for mealworms with the adult birds. When they show up this time they are in for a surprise. WildCareOklahoma has four baby Eastern Bluebirds about the same age. I plan to introduce them into my flock and hopefully the adult birds will accept them and show them where to bug, roost and get a free breakfast.
I’ll take down the Sparrow Spooker and clean out the box today. I’m going to move it a little bit south to keep it in the afternoon shade and install a new baffle. The Oklahoma wind has cracked the current
Daddy on the Sparrow Spooker.
one. Bluebird boxes without baffles can lose as much as a third of their hatchlings to predation, mostly snakes. I’ll make an entry when the young ones return and report on our attempt to introduce the orphans into the flock.
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Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 53.
First 2014 Brood Summary
First sign of nest building 10 March
Nest completed 25 March
First egg 27 March
Fourth egg (assumption) 30 March
Incubation begins 01 April
Eggs hatch 13 April
All babies fledge 02 April