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Old 06-29-2009, 01:19 PM
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Default The New Bluebirds

It is my experience that most fisherman are also outdoorsman and that many actively watch birds while on the stream. So, I thought this series would interest some of you. A fractured ankle has kept me off the stream and more focused in my front yard for the past few weeks and I was able to watch these little guys grow up. Hope you find it interesting.

My apologies for the size of the pics, but I left them big so you can see the detail...

Day 1 - June 10th
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This little guy couldn't have been more than a couple hours old and was awaiting the arrival of his four siblings. Mom had already cleared out the broken egg shell pieces and the proud parents have been all over the bluebird box today.


Day 2 - June 11th
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They're all here now. Nice little afros, don't you think?


Day 5 - June 14th
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Growing fast, filling up the nest. And hungry...


Day 8 - June 17th
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Starting to see feathers, particularly in the wings. I couldn't get them to raise their heads as they were seriously hunkered down. I expect that the Coopers hawk that I had just scared off their box might have had something to do with it.


Day 12 - June 21st
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They are starting to look like birds. And the nest is getting smaller and smaller..


Day 16 - June 25th
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Now we're starting to see blue in the bluebirds. These guys may just be fledging before too long.


Day 19 - June 28th
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Well, the last statement was prophetic. The little blues have fledged. I went out for what I expected to be one last look but they had already flown the coop. I had hoped to watch then be coaxed from the box, but they got away unobserved. Despite the disappointment, it has been a pleasure watching them grow and I hope they return to one of our boxes, as parents, and repeat the process for years to come.

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Old 06-29-2009, 02:23 PM
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nice pics, thanks for posting.
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Hi Sep,

Thanks for the great photos. I really enjoyed those.

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Great pics Sep,
We have a Robin's nest in our Globe Willow. Mama hatched 4 babies in it this Spring. I was amazed at how fast them little buggers grow and leave the nest. Mama had an 'all you can eat buffet' with all the landscaping and digging going on in the yard.

Why are baby birds so ugly when their born? lol
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Outstanding! Brings back memories.

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Those were neat. Thanks for sharing them.
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Sep: Very nice work, that mut have been fun to watch! Thanks for posting, don't know how I missed it earlier.

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Next year I want to install a wireless video in my blue bird house and watch some goings on a little closer, and not have to disturb them for a look. Amazed at what great parents they are. My Blues, have returned for the last three years, and they make my spring. This year it was a battle with tree swallows, they were unrelenting in strafing the blue birds, but they were able to hang tough.
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Next year I want to install a wireless video in my blue bird house and watch some goings on a little closer, and not have to disturb them for a look. Amazed at what great parents they are. My Blues, have returned for the last three years, and they make my spring. This year it was a battle with tree swallows, they were unrelenting in strafing the blue birds, but they were able to hang tough.
Yes, they are amazing parents. Non-stop for a month, nest building, egg sitting, box guarding, bug feeding, fledging... Amazing to watch.

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That was beautiful Sep. Thanks.
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