Monday, April 23, 2012

Fledgling Bluebirds

Baby bluebirds have arrived at my feeder!

Eastern Bluebird fledgling
They belong to a pair of Eastern Bluebirds that have been visiting my sunflower chip feeder throughout the winter.

From left to right:  baby, mother, father
The fledglings are probably only about a month old, but they are already around the same size as the parents.

Father is on the left, fledgling on the right
 The parents will continue feeding them for a few more days before they learn to feed themselves.



I've only seen two fledglings at any given time, though bluebirds often have 4 or 5 babies in a brood.


The fledgling at the top is probably a male as it has more blue in its wings, while the one on the bottom is likely a female.

Two fledglings and daddy
Here a fledgling is working those wings!


Those babies are hungry - I've been seeing the bluebirds at my sunflower chip feeder several times a day.



Before long, the fledglings will be able to survive by themselves.  Bluebirds may have 2 or 3 broods in one season, so hopefully we shall see this again later in the summer!


10 comments:

  1. Amazing! They are absolutely precious. I don't think I've ever seen baby bluebirds up close before...momma always shoos me away :)

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  2. Oh how sweet. It is always so interesting and so much fun to watch them.

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  3. How adorable! And how fun it must be to watch them. I love the two shots you have of the babies being fed by the parents.

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  4. Wow! They are so precious. We were hoping to get bluebirds, but they checked out our boxes and didn't return. I think the noisy finches were nesting too close.

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  5. Awww, you got some great shots! I feel so happy after seeing this post. :)

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  6. Unbelievable! I am rarely lucky to get good shots of birds. You caught some great moments! Also, love the blue color!

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  7. They are awesome! I love bluebirds. I have not had a lot of luck getting them into my yard. Last year a female rejected my house. I hope another will come and look at it.

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  8. What a lovely bird. I wish we had them in England. We do have the Jay, which has a similar blue flash, but it's quite a recluse!

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  9. What a beautiful show of some stunning birds!

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  10. They are so much fun to watch. I am glad the little family is doing so well - I know there are so many predators out there for bluebird eggs and babies!

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