Monday, July 22, 2013, 7:30 AM: These three babies share the day with news that Prince William and Kate will introduce their new heir to the British throne.
Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:00 AM: While watching TV morning news, and the 700 Club, the fourth baby joined the siblings. “Papa Blue” isn’t far away!!
Monday, July 22, 2013, 4:30 PM: The royal baby–a son–was born in London. I’m still waiting for Bluebird baby number five.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 8:00 AM: I provide mealworms two or three times a day. The fifth picture gives you a perspective: Mealworm is about one inch long. Picture #1 & #2 gives perspective of size comparison between mealworm and baby Bluebird. I had the impression the baby was choking on that mouthful. Fifth egg can be seen in lower left. I’ll remove it in a day or two if it doesn’t hatch.
11:15 AM: I continue to monitor the nest. I take pictures but they are quite similar to those I’ve already taken, and published here. I’m fascinated by the size of their eyes which monopolize the head. I’ve read that the babies do not have sight until seven or eight days old. “Mama Blue” just brought a large insect to the babies; imagine trying to swallow that?! I’ve said it before, I’m a novice at Bluebird births, but IMHO “Mama” is really rough on the babies. She forcefully “butts” them around. I have to say, however, this is her third brood for this year so she isn’t a novice when it comes to raising baby Bluebirds. Four fledged in early May; one fledged on June 22nd. I’ve read that Bluebirds mate for life and I suspect this is the same pair that created three nests in my backyard last year. I concede; she must know what she is doing!
3:30 PM and (earlier today) someone presented a suggestion: Make a video of the nest-cycle of these baby Bluebirds. So I’ve spent time searching the Internet for information and found Handy-Avi Time Lapse software. I’m intrigued but also recognize that I have a full schedule (“downsizing” will suffer).
8:50 AM: I haven’t had breakfast yet because I have a voracious appetite for more information about Bluebirds. I want to be a good “Nanny” and provide proper care for the babies!!
I’m having problems with my Samsung camera. It’s old and perhaps ready for retirement?!
Friday, July 26, 2013, 6:00 PM: Fewer pictures of the baby Bluebirds today. I had a chiropractic appointment followed by trip to BJ’s for groceries, etc. Specifically “et cetera“!! I wanted a new camera to document my wildlife. I bought a Canon SX500 IS and have yet to study the manual and arrive at the point where I can take pictures. Furthermore, I bought a new TV so I can monitor the Bluebird house while watching regular television programming. Remember I missed the hatching of three babies because I left… and was watching the news. Pictures #1 & 2 illustrate the difference between images on old TV and new TV. I hope to improve the appearance by changing settings. The new TV is sitting on a little stool below older TV. Picture #5 shows new camera on the floor in front of new TV. #6 shows box the Canon came in.
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 8:30 AM: Sorry!! The pictures are poor. I’m eager to try the new Canon camera. I’ve done everything possible to get a clear sharp image on the new TV.
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 4:00 PM: From my Bluebird literature “Day Seven: First feathers burst from tip of sheaths. Eyes open as slits. Brooding by female stops.” I think I see an open eye on our baby far right. (I haven’t mastered the Canon yet; these from the old Samsung.)
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 12:30 PM. According to my little book titled Enjoying Bluebirds More, The Bluebird Landlord’s Handbook, by Julie Zickefoose: “Day 8-11, eyes fully open. Feathers continue to burst sheaths.”
The “eye” pictures seem to illustrate the difference one day makes in their development. The baby with eye(s) wide open might be the first one born just seven days ago. The baby with eyes still sealed might be the last one to hatch. ~~ I don’t know their gender but I affectionately call them George, Alexander, Louis and Diana. They could be Georgia, Alexandria, Louise and Stewart (Diane, Princess of Wales, was born a Spencer). ~~ If you’ve missed the news recently, George Alexander Louis is the name of the new heir to the British throne.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 8:45 AM: Imperfect pictures, my apology. There is limited space between nest and ceiling of the Bluebird house so pictures are out-of-focus. The Canon is too large to put in the bird house. The Samsung still takes good pictures (IMHO) because the mealworms and raisins–breakfast for the Bluebirds–photograph clearly. ~~ Picture of Mama Bluebird on the birdhouse taken with my new Canon.