Yesterday 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 hunters. 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