Two more bluebirds on the reddirt hill …

IMG_7936 copyYesterday the two bluebird chicks spent a lot of time peeking out the hole of the nestbox.  This is an indicator that they are near fledging.  Even though I predicted today as the date they would make their entry into the big wide world, I missed the big event.  It only takes a few seconds for two birds to leave.  I would have liked to have photo’d the event, but it wasn’t in the cards.

I put out some mealworms so I could see where the bluebirds took them and that would tell me the location of the fledglings.  As always the bluebirds took them across the road to the creek. It’s lined with 80-foot tall pecan trees and a good hiding place in their thick foliage.  They are probably huddled up next to each other.  Mama and Daddy will continue to feed them bugs until they are self-sufficient.  It doesn’t take the fledglings long to become proficient fliers and bug IMG_7926 copyhunters.  Within a couple of weeks they will be catching their own food.  They will follow Daddy around and he will show them the ropes of

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of surviving– to be alert to hawks, where to bug, where to get a drink and where to get a free meal every morning. I look forward to seeing them in the yard again.  One of the last brood was on the box again yesterday.

I’ll clean out the box, remove the Sparrow Spooker and get things ready in case Mama wants to start a fourth brood.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she does.

Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 57.

2014 Third brood summary

  • Nest building iniated                                   26 June
  • Nest completed                                             29 June
  • First egg                                                          30 June
  • Second egg                                                     01 July
  • Third egg                                                        02 July
  • Fourth egg                                                      03 July
  • Incubation begins                                         04 July
  • Estimated hatch date                                   17  July
  • Two chicks fledge                                          03 August

 

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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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10 Responses to Two more bluebirds on the reddirt hill …

  1. Julia Phelps says:

    Awesome update and great pics!  I wish I had your luck!  I do everything I believe is right, but the chickadees win out every year in my box.   Truly enjoy your posts, Lindell

    Many Thanks, Julia 

    • lindell dillon says:

      Chickadees and wrens prefer boxes close to the woods. If you have a more open spot, might try putting up an additional box there. Good luck.

  2. yeaaa!!! More beautiful bluebirds…good news in a works full of sad… thanks Lindell! Isabella

  3. Great pictures! Love the one with the cricket 🙂

  4. Kimberly Roulet says:

    Glad they survived the heat!

  5. Margaret says:

    Great photos. Is there a Bluebird banding program in your area?

    • lindell dillon says:

      Not that I’m aware of. I inquired on OkBirds if anyone was interested and got no response. I checked into the process of becoming a bander and it looked too complicated.

      • Margaret says:

        Yes, I believe considerable training is required and the expertise gained may be limited to certain species.

  6. Juliana Michael says:

    I want you to know that I forward the postings to many clients and friends. I think I heard a bluebird this morning at the back creek. Never saw it…but heard their distinctive call.

    Juliana Baum-Michael

    Metro Brokers of Oklahoma mobile:405-409-3610 fax: 405-701-1716 julianammichael@gmail.com

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