I expected the babies to fledge on 21 April, but that wasn’t the case. They did a lot of peering out that day, an indication that they are about to leave the box. We had to leave for a trip on 22 April and I suspect they fledged this day. Nest was empty when we returned. Hated to miss the big event, but a lot of pride in producing 61 new bluebirds from this box.
I’ve observed Daddy return to the box several times and peer inside. Guess he wants to make sure no one is left behind. Mama usually takes her fledglings down on the creek when they fledge. I expect they will be following Daddy to the yard in another week or so. Look forward to seeing them and hope to get some photos.
I have removed the Sparrow Spooker from the box so sparrows won’t get used to it. I’ll put it back on the box after Mama lays her first egg of the second brood. Removed the nest and washed out the house. Ready for brood two.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 61.
First Brood 2015
- First sign of nest building 10 March
- Nest completed 18 March
- First egg 19 March
- Second egg 20 March
- Third egg 21 March
- Fourth egg 23 March
- Incubation begins 24 March
- All eggs hatch 05 April
- Four babies fledge 22 April