Eastern Bluebird Babies: Fledging Begins



Right on schedule, some of the Eastern Bluebird babies left the nest.  I know when I was home around 6 p.m. all 5 babies were still in the nest.  Then at 7 p.m. I start to walk outside and both Bluebird parents started dive bombing me.  I thought they were going to fly in the house!  They were also frantically making noise.  I go back inside and wait just a moment, thinking I just surprised them.  Nope, I open the door and I get dive bombed again.  The parents have never behaved aggressively towards me so I knew something was up.

About 10 minutes later I was able to walk outside and the parents were back to normal.  I left them a few mealworms then went back inside and started to review my security cameras.  Sure enough, at 6:43 p.m. I saw one of the babies make its first leap into the real world.  I’m guessing that one of the fledglings (two actually fledged) flew near the garden by the back door.  The parents were watching it then when I went to open the door, they went into attack mode.  I never did see either of the two fledglings tonight.

I did go back at dusk and check the inside of the nest.  Three babies remain.  I fully expect them to leave the nest sometime tomorrow.

I like the little blue tail on the one baby.

Day 17 With Baby Bluebird Showing Blue Tail

Day 17 With Baby Bluebird Showing Blue Tail

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