We held another big event on the reddirt hill yesterday. A fledging is always a big day. Yesterday we fledged our three current babies which represent 70 new bluebirds produced by our backyard box. I have to say it makes me feel good to know that we have assisted in the introduction of all these little bluebirds of happiness. Surely they make the world a more beautiful place.
These chicks fledged a day early and took me by surprise. Almost all our broods have jumped on the seventeenth day, but not this time. Yesterday afternoon I heard a juvenile bluebird calling and went out to investigate. One of the babies was sitting on our roof and Mama was very nervous and agitated. The adults called it down to a big tree in a neighbor’s yard. I checked the box and discovered only one chick left. It just didn’t have the courage to jump. Normally the male comes back frequently and peers into the box after a fledging as if to make sure everyone is out. But this adoptive Daddy appears somewhat inexperienced and wasn’t doing that.
I came up with a plan to walk out and place some mealworms in the feeder which was in sight of the parents. While they were in the yard, I would introduce the reluctant baby. I feared if he jumped while they were out of the yard and they didn’t know where he was they would abandon him. I knew if they saw him jump, they would take care of him and eventually get their confused brood huddled together in the big tree. The plan worked. With both parents in the yard I opened the box and walked away. It didn’t take long for the little one to fly to a Desert Willow in the back yard. Mama took him some worms and Daddy gathered some and took them to the neighbor’s tree with the other two chicks. I had to leave to attend a board meeting, but I’m fairly confident they got the third chick with the others before dark. If not, they still know where he is and will feed him until they can get the brood together.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 70.
Third Brood 2016
- First sign of nest building 15 June
- Three eggs 21 June
- Three eggs hatch 04 July
- Three chicks fledge 20 July