Daddy Blue found himself a new woman ---and they immediately tried again... I didn't take a photo but I peeked into the nest and saw 5 little eggs toward the end of May. I was so excited---yet a little worried, just hoping and praying that this little batch would make it!!! But I was also excited to be able to use my new toy.
In April, George bought us a Radio Frequency Shutter Release... To put that in 'my' terms, it's like a remote control for the camera... I can set the tripod up near a spot (like the nestbox) ---and sit WAY back out of the way. When one of the birds would go to the nest, I would CLICK that photo...
Above is a picture of my 'set-up'. You can see the nestbox with the new baffle --and you can see my camera and tripod.... Needless to say I have spent some time in the backyard watching these busy Bluebirds this month.
|Five Bluebird babies ---born on June 1, 2012|
|Five Bluebird babies ---10 days old|
By the way, Bluebirds are VERY clean birds. Both parents feed the little ones, and Daddy takes the fecal sac (poop) out of the nest ALOT....
|Daddy Blue feeding the babies|
This picture shows Daddy bringing some delicious food to the babies... I think it may be suet --since the Bluebirds love to get the suet and take it to the nestbox...
|Mama Blue feeding the little ones|
|Bluebird peeking out of the nestbox|
|Welcome to the world, Baby Blue!!!!|
|One of the Baby Bluebirds in the grass --after leaving the nest|
|Baby Bluebird --in the grass, after fledging--on June 18, 2012|
I did see one of the little ones actually leave the nest --but didn't get a picture. BUT--I'm hoping to see them at our bird feeders in a few weeks --once they learn how to fly well and once Mom/Dad bring them here to eat.
Now---I wonder if Dad/Mom will try again!!!! Sometimes they do and sometimes not... I'll just have to wait and see!!!!
As if this is not enough excitement around here, we are also getting a new deck --and getting our house painted.... SO---all of our birds are not going to be very happy with all of the excitement around here for a few weeks.... Fun Fun !!!!!
Have a wonderful day.