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The bluebird family moves out, and moves on

With more encouraging chirps from the adults, the three remaining chicks successfully flew from the nest this morning, joining the rest of their family where the forest meets the meadow.  Sometimes I see one or two of them through the trees, watching their parents hunt for insects.  Mostly, I hear them, still chirping their plaintive calls, begging for food.  The parents will continue to feed them until they are about 30 days old.

After 21 days of witnessing devoted parental care, editing over 300 hours of recorded video, and now listening to the melody of new bluebirds in the forest, the empty nest syndrome begins.

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June 7, 2009 Posted by | Bluebird Video Highlights, Bluebirds, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A bluebird enters a new frontier

This is the morning of day 20.  The female is calling to the chicks almost constantly, encouraging them to leave the security of the nest and enter a new world of challenges and triumphs. They listened.

After much jostling about, the first nestling pushed off at 6:00am, arched down toward the ground, then climbed slowly into the air, landing clumsily on to a tree branch at the edge of the deciduous forest – whew!  The male flew behind the chick, and landed just above it on another branch. The second youngster did the same at 7:15am, only flying precariously low through the tall meadow grass and managing to swoop up and grab a hold of a low hanging branch.

June 7, 2009 Posted by | Bluebird Video Highlights, Bluebirds, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The bluebirds wait impatiently for the opportunity to fledge

It’s now day 19, and most of the chicks are ready to fledge.   But the weather has turned cold and it has been raining again for 2 days in a row.  It’s a damp 60 degrees.  The adults are waiting for warmer weather before calling to the babies, to encourage them to jump.  There are many obstacles, including predatory dangers, awaiting these new arrivals to the forest.  It’s in their best interest to make the leap in better weather conditions.

In the meantime, they continue their wing flapping exercises and take turns peeking out at the new world just waiting for them.  The pinging sound you hear is the sound of the rain drops hitting the predator pole baffle.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Bluebird Video Highlights, Bluebirds, Uncategorized | Leave a comment