Baby News — Day Ten

Mama Bluebird on the nest.Bluebird babies in the nest.Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:45 AM: It is difficult (to impossible) to separate the babies. “Full house!!” The last time I saw “Mama Blue” brooding was thirty-six hours ago. However, she positions herself outside, close to the nest. “Papa Blue” keeps busy carrying food to the babies. Don’t misunderstand, “Mama Blue” is bringing food too; I wanted to mention that “Papa Blue” is actively involved. By contrast, I’ve read that male Hummingbirds play no role in nest-building or participate in feeding the babies. ~~ Click on each picture to enlarge.

Mama Bluebird outside the nest.

Bluebird babies in the nest.Postscript, Wednesday, 7/31/2013, 7:00 PM: The pictures (below & right) are “a day late” but it took time for me to learn features of the new Canon camera and how to transfer images from camera to this blog.

Mama Bluebird on the antenna.

Mama Bluebird on the antenna.

Mama Bluebird on the antenna.

Baby News — Day Eleven

The Bluebird nest before first egg hatched

Bluebird babies in the nest.

Four baby Bluebirds on the nest.

Four baby Bluebirds in the nest.Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:45 AM: Look at the difference in one week–and less than two weeks. I set up the ladder (again) so I could get a picture “in living color.” Seeing the activity on my television screen is interesting; seeing–and photographing–the Bluebirds in color is a bonus.

Baby News — Day Twelve

One of four baby Bluebirds in the nest.

Hungry baby BluebirdThursday, August 1, 2013 11:15 AM: Very little to comment on. The baby Bluebirds are getting so big that only one is visible to the camera. That “one” was begging for food when a parent delivered mealworms and/or raisins. I had just replenished the food supply. (Hey, even in black and white I think the babies are beautiful!!)

Baby News — Day Thirteen

Baby Bluebird in the nest.

Baby Bluebird in the nest.Friday, August 2, 2013, 4:00 PM: Better pictures to follow?!?! The camera needs to be moved slightly so we can see all four babies. I want another picture “in living color.” Right now the temperature is a very hot humid 93 degrees!! I’ll wait until later to set up the ladder and position Hawk Eye camera and take pictures with Canon and Samsung.

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Samsung camera; Bluebird babies in the nest.

Four baby Bluebirds in the nest.

Remarkable growth in less than two weeks!

Camera still not adjusted.Postscript, 7:00 PM: The comparison is quite striking between Samsung and Canon. I did not use “I’m feeling lucky” in Picasa; the images are exactly from the camera. Last picture reveals that I wasn’t able to readjust. “Mama Blue” and “Papa Blue” were swooping down and scolding me so I didn’t linger.

Baby News — Day Fourteen

Four baby Bluebirds in the nest.

Bluebird babies on the nest.Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9:00 AM: At the beginning of the day, neither babies nor parents seemed concerned as I took a picture and repositioned the spy camera. ~~ The Canon camera is outside and above the door. I’m pleased with the image (and I only took one picture). Likewise, the image from the TV is with the new Canon.  I’m delighted with my purchase!!

4:00 PM: Utterly amazing to me, one or more babies could fledge at any time. Enjoying Bluebirds More, The Bluebird Landlord’s Handbook says “Day 13: Cut off date for box checks. Fully feathered young become increasingly active, and may fledge prematurely if box is opened.” (I violated those instructions yesterday and today.) “Day 14-22: Fledging and first flight. Empty nest soiled, flattened. Young remain in cover while parents bring food.”

I’m monitoring the nest via the spy camera and the babies are “increasingly active.”

Almost beyond comprehension, exactly six weeks ago this afternoon, their “older brother” fledged.

Baby News — Day Fifteen

HourglassBluebird babies in the nest.

Bluebird babies in the nest.Sunday, August 4, 2013, 8:00 AM: Mundane photos BUT time is running out for pictures of Bluebird babies in the nest. Will they fledge today??

One of four baby Bluebirds in the nest.2:00 PM: I’m at a loss for words (image that?!) because I can’t think of an illustration for a comparison regarding the activity in the nest. (“Cat on a hot tin roof.”?) Papa BluebirdThe babies are flapping their wings and hopping around. They are preening their feathers. There seems to be more chirping and peeping. I’ve positioned myself inside the apartment so I can see the TV and the bird house. “Mama Blue” and “Papa Blue” frequently enter with mealworms and (presumably) are chirping instructions to the babies.

Baby News — Day Sixteen

Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:00 AM: The babies are still in the nest. No picture (yet) because image is just as mundane as yesterday’s early photos. Today I’ll be even more vigilant monitoring the activities displayed on the TV screen and activities just outside the Bluebird house.

Baby News — Day Seventeen

Home Tweet HomeBaby Bluebirds in the nest.

Bluebird house in the rain.Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 9:30 AM: Feathers are predominant in pictures of the baby Bluebirds in the nest. It must be very crowded but I must refrain from opening the door to take a picture. The “authorities” caution us to not open after day thirteen for fear a baby might fledge prematurely. I’ve anticipated they might fledge but (as I monitor the nest) I think all four are still in the bird house. MaOver one inch of rain.ma and Papa Blue may not encourage them to depart today because it is raining. We’ve had several hours of rain and my gauge indicates four-fifths inch accumulated. 

11:00 and we’ve had over one-and-two-fifths inches of rain–and much heavier now versus picture (taken at 10:30) from my front porch.

Bluebird house with "view" door open.

Ladder to Bluebird House12 noon: It was still sprinkling rain when I set up the ladder and attempted to see the Bluebird babies. A feature of the Ultimate Bluebird House: A plastic shield inside one (of two) doors so we can view. I took two pictures and both weren’t worth publishing. It was similar to taking a flash picture into a mirror!! See rain drops on the camera lens?

6:00 PM: Another four-fifths inch of rain in the gauge when I returned home after work.

Baby News — Day Eighteen

Bluebird babies in the nest.Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 9:00 AM: Status quo. Specifically, the nest remains the same. (No rain.)

12:00 noon: The “parents” (below) were attentive and protective!! The surrogate grandmother (me) sat on the patio hoping to see a baby fledge. (Took dozens of pictures.) I felt compelled to check the nest but was cautious and quick!!

Papa Bluebird feeding the babies.

Mama & Papa Bluebird

Impossible to see in the nest.

Baby Bluebirds in the nest at noon.

5:20 PM: As soon as I got home from my volunteer job, I checked the image on the TV and found the babies are gone!! So I climbed the ladder for the picture of the empty nest.

crying smiley faceThe babies departed between noon & 5.Baby Bluebirds have flown the nest.

Baby News — Follow up

Bluebird and Lord's PrayerDay 19 ~~ Thursday, August 8, 2013: Early morning, I saw “Mama Blue” and “Papa Blue” (separately) getting mealworms from the feeder. I haven’t approached the Bluebird house except to deliver mealworms.  I haven’t turned on the spy camera TV channel.  It’s kinda like a death in the family!!  I’m not ready to go into “their” room.  Know what I mean??

Day 20 ~~ Friday, August 9, 2013: I saw “Papa Blue” at 8 o’clock, and “Mama Blue” at 8:20 AM, 5:15 & 5:30 PM. Those were the only sightings.

Day 21 ~~ Saturday, August 10, 2013: Brief sighting of both adults at 8:15 AM before leaving for all-day volunteer at JAARS Day (open house).

Day 22 ~~ Sunday, August 11, 2013: Oh happy day!! Mama & Papa spent a lot of time coming and going. And what a thrill when I saw one of the baby Bluebirds at the feeder. I speculate s/he followed the parents and then sat there thinking “What do I do next?”

Is that a recently fledged baby Bluebird?

I can't decide. Is that a recently fledged baby Bluebird?

Papa Bluebird

Isn't that a recently fledged baby Bluebird?

Recently fledged baby Bluebird.

Recently fledged baby Bluebird.

Day 23 ~~ Monday, August 12, 2013, 8:30 PM: I saw “Mama Blue” and “Papa Blue” many times throughout the day. If one or more recently fledged babies came to the mealworm feeder, I missed them.

Day 24 ~~ Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 1:00 PM: “Papa Blue” was the only Bluebird that visited the mealworm feeder this morning.

~~~~~~~ Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 1:00 PM: Occasionally I see the adult Bluebirds. If they have visited the mealworm feeder, I have missed seeing the recently fledged babies. For the record: I’ve been busy with “downsizing” and that beautiful (IMHO) arrangement (steel post, bird house, feeders, bird bath, baffle, planter base, and camera) is for sale. I’m moving out of the area (and I hope and pray “my” Bluebirds will miss me).

~~~~~~~ Sunday, August 25, 2013, 7:45 PM: I just saw all four recently fledged baby Bluebirds on the mealworm feeder.  No picture.

~~~~~~~ Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:45 AM: Ditto above!! When I slid the screen door open to take a picture, they flew away.

Cropped copy of four baby Bluebirds on the feederFriday, August 30, 2013, 7:45 AM: All four of “my” babies on the mealworm feeder. The parents were noticeably absent.