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Sunday, May 11, 2014
I have Baby Bluebirds...... YAY!!!!May 11, 2014
Remember my post a while back saying I was yearning for Bluebirds? I am so excited to report I have a bluebird family in my box.
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There are four baby birds in the nest. Their mother and father stay busy bringing them food. After researching habits of blue birds, I turned the box with the hole facing east for about three weeks in March. There were bluebirds flying around the yard and sitting on top of the box but I never saw them go inside but once. Then I didn't see them and decided they rejected my box. I decided to move the box around so I could see the hole because it was prettier that way. I thought I saw twigs sticking up and decided to open the box. When I opened the box I was very surprised when a bird flew out in my face and there were baby birds in the nest! I yelped in surprise and quickly placed the top back on the box.
I was afraid the mother would not return and am thankful she did. The top lifts off on this box instead of a side panel lifting out as I was accustomed to in my old box. You might can see the screw on the left and right that holds it on so it is a little trouble to unscrew the screws. Also, I have to stand on a ladder to reach the box. I had to place the box higher because of our sprinkler system. I wanted blue birds so much so I have really worked to encourage them to build at my house!
Boy, was I surprised and thrilled to see the bird and her babies! I believe this is the father with brighter coloring. I set up my tripod behind a bush and used my Tamron 18-270 zoom lens.
This is the female with fainter coloring. Photographing birds is a challenge. If they see you they fly away and it is a must to use a zoom lens. This one was made without a tripod and you can tell a difference.
The parent feeds the babies and then goes inside. Usually the other parent flies out as soon as one flies inside. I hope the movie we made works well. Excuse my husband and I talking at the end. We don't use the movie feature often and were not sure we were doing it right. LOL!!
I loved this shot! If they would get comfortable with me I could have a ball!
The movie for some unknown reason will not work. It is so interesting to watch the male and female going in and out feeding the baby birds. Wish I could share it with you.
If my calculations are right it is close to time for the baby birds to leave the nest. It has been 15 days since I saw the baby birds.Wouldn't it be fun if I could capture the babies? I'll keep you posted.
P.S. The babies left the nest and I missed it. After seeing no activity the next day I looked again and the mother was sitting on the nest. I guess she is laying new eggs already or it is a different mother. It is going to be interesting because my reading told me they do not use the same nest.
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