We just returned from a trip to the Texas Hill Country so there is a gap in reporting on the progress of the baby bluebirds. They are 13-days old today. After 13 days the box shouldn’t be opened because it may cause the babies to prematurely fledge. Once they have been out of the box, they won’t stay inside. Just a few days longer in the box makes a huge difference in their maturity and chances of survival.
I took some photos this morning and you can see the babies are feathered and have lots of blue. At this stage, they view me as a predator, hide their heads and remain completely motionless. Not cooperative models. Normally, our bluebirds fledge on day 17 which would be 21 April. They will do a lot of peering out prior to fledging, so when this happens they are about to fly into the big wide world. Amazing that untested wings can fly so well. Mama flies around them calling and leads them to some big pecan trees down on the creek. A good 40 yards away for their first flight. Sometimes one won’t make it and will land on the house or in the yard. Mama will coax it to the others and they remain huddled together for a few days while the parents continue to feed them. After a week or so, they follow Daddy to the yard for mealworms. We are leaving for a short trip on 22 April, so we could miss the big day.