Bye bye babies ….

IMG_1839The 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 IMG_1534little 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.

Visit my bluebird album on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/sets/72157627747745082/

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

 

 

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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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3 Responses to Bye bye babies ….

  1. v4vikey says:

    very beautiful click 🙂

  2. alifemoment says:

    Love the title 🙂

  3. lindell dillon says:

    The adults are in the yard a few times daily, but the young have not accompanied them yet.

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