Do Bluebirds do timeshare???

I have been blown away by all the activity around my Bluebird house! As you can see by my previous posts here, I have watched one pair of Bluebirds move into my birdhouse within three days of setting it up back in the beginning of April. They built a nest, laid 5 eggs which all hatched. I’ve watched them, taken pictures inside the box, and yesterday they fledged while I was at work. I was so disappointed to miss them leaving the box, but there is no evidence to make me think they didn’t fledge yesterday.

I opened the box after I was convinced that the babies had left the nest, and removed the old nest. Had it not been for the impending bad weather and a meeting I had to attend, I would have finished scrubbing out the box yesterday. Today when I got home from work I peeked into the box, and couldn’t believe my eyes. A new Bluebird nest had already been started in the box.

I decided to finish cleaning out the box with Chlorox as there wasn’t that much of a nest completed, and I was sure they would be better off with it cleaned properly. The pair of Bluebirds were soon back checking it out. This must surely be a new pair of Bluebirds since the first pair will still be feeding their fledglings and teaching them to find their own food for another month, unless something ate the fledglings before they flew.

I think my Bluebirds must have a time share plan going on for them to have changed occupants so fast.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

My babies have fledged

I missed it. By the time I got home from work yesterday my baby Bluebirds had fledged from the nest. Their house was empty except for the nest and fecal matter, so I removed the nest and will do the clean-up later. I was watching the weather yesterday with tornado watches out.

I’ve seen Mama and Papa around, and am watching for the babies. My eyes are leaving me a bit handicapped, but I hope to see them around soon.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Time for babies to leave the nest

Bluebird house and surroundingsI have been watching the bluebird box a lot the past three days expecting to see the babies leave the nest. I am convinced that the mama and papa bluebirds are trying to coax the babies out this evening. They have flown to the box and to the lowest board on our arbor that sits about ten feet in front of the birdhouse. Then they fly to the trees as well. There is no way short of opening the box to know how many are still in the box, so I’m waiting as patiently as I know how.  I also watched one bird take a bath in the birdbath.

I’m having to watch through two panes of window glass plus a screen, so I can’t be sure if I’m seeing a parent or a fledgling. On top of that I had eye surgery four days ago. My eyes aren’t working together well right now as my left eye is recovering to a new level of seeing-though it isn’t there yet. So dissappointing!

I went outside to get a picture of the birdhouse with the arbor and birdhouse all in the picture. Unfortunately the birds fly away when I go outside so no birds this time. While I was outside, I witnessed the bluebirds take on a much larger bird – possibly a hawk. They seem to have successfully driven it off.

Baby birds apparently don’t just take a notion to jump out of the nest when they are big enough to fly. The mama and papa Bluebirds are being so persistant. They will fly to the box at the same time, and while one goes inside the other hangs on the front opening or sits on top of the box or the post. This keeps happening over and over. I wish I had a video cam inside the box so I could see what is happening. I wonder if the bird that goes inside is pushing on the babies or anything.

The sun is setting and still the babies haven’t fledged. I wonder if the parents will continue trying once the sun goes down or will wait until morning. According to the information I have on Bluebirds, they should have fledged either Saturday, Sunday, or today (Monday). A mockingbird appeared on the scene a few minutes ago and I scared it away, along with Mama and Papa Bluebird.

Pictures and text copyright © 2008 by Janice Green