Look who came for a visit …

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“When I was a working stiff, I was often visited by the Chicken of Depression on Sundays, but in retirement that chicken has been replaced by the Bluebird of Happiness.” …  L. Dillon

The last two fledglings are 30-days old today and came for a visit with the adults this morning.  They still beg for food, but don’t get much.  I’ve seen them catch a lot of bugs.  At a month old, bluebirds are pretty much self-sufficient from a food standpoint.  Yesterday I watched one of the juveniles land on the mealworm feeder with a couple of dozen worms in it, but never picked up a one.  Just sat there begging Daddy to feed it. He didn’t get a free breakfast.  The fledglings still have a lot to learn about survival and are learning the ropes by following Daddy.  He knows all the spots to bug and never misses the shadow of the local sharpshin.

So far Mama has not shown any signs of building a fourth nest.  That is good so far as I am concerned.  The August heat is oppressive and the bluebirds are visibly worn and haggard from three successful nestings.  The rigors of all that goes with raising young take a toll on the bluebirds.  Three broods is enough.



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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8 Responses to Look who came for a visit …

  1. Nice picture, I am sure the mother bluebird will be back to build her fourth nest, sometimes it takes her a little longer on the last brood.

  2. thank you for sharing! adorable..

  3. Juliana Michael says:

    This one looks like he will be back!

  4. Julia Phelps says:

    3 broods does seem like enough. Haggard or not, nature will have them do as they will and it wishes. I hope it opts for a break!

  5. Margaret says:

    I really enjoy this wonderful, ongoing story of your beautiful bluebirds. Thank you.

  6. Kimberly Roulet says:

    Sounds kinda like my little fledgings 🙂

  7. Tracy P says:

    I just finished reading your entire blog from start to this current entry. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the intimate lives of your resident bluebirds. And your photos are stunning! I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to future posts.

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