I know I haven’t posted much lately, but it’s not because they aren’t any opportunities. I’m just too damn exhausted during the week and after my chores on the weekend.
But, let’s move along. We’re talking about Eastern Bluebird Nest #2. Mama Bluebird decided to build a new nest, and she chose a birdhouse that has a camera prebuilt inside. Once again, she laid 5 eggs. I think she’s on around day 5 or 6 of laying on the eggs.
What’s really interesting about all of this, is that 3 of her 5 babies from the last nest are still hanging around. When the parents come down for the mealworm treats, the fledglings also appear and the parents always let them eat first. Whereas they used to beg their parents for food, they now know how to get their own mealworms. In the last couple of days, the young male fledgling hasn’t appeared. Whether his father chased him off or some other reason, I don’t know.
There is a Red Shouldered Hawk hanging around daily looking for a baby Purple Martin or any other bird it might be able to catch. So far, all of the birds I’ve been taking care of have returned home every night.
Here’s dad keeping a watchful eye.
Allow me to throw out a plug here too. For a few weeks I was worried I wouldn’t be able to feed the Bluebirds because no place had any mealworms in stock. I checked the Sialis Bluebird page and found a company that they highly recommend. The name of the company is Camillies Vita-Mealies I placed an order for 2000 mealworms and within moments I received an email from them saying it may be too hot to deliver to the door, did I want them held at the post office. I said no, bring them to the door, but I won’t hold you responsible if they die.
I’m happy to report the mealworms arrived fine. It was only 88 degrees which is just about the upper limit. For a second order I ordered 3000 mealworms and since it was 96 degrees, this time I had them held at the post office. As before, all arrived fine. So, if you have a critter you are feeding mealworms to, I highly recommend this company! They will continue to get my business and the Bluebird family thanks them as well:-).