|Daddy Bluebird coming to the Mealworm Feeder --eating some himself, and taking some to one of his Babies!|
I am so fortunate to have Eastern Bluebirds in my yard year-round. Spring/Summer are my favorite times to watch them since they nest in our nestbox in the backyard ---and then begin bringing the little ones to the feeders after they have fledged. Mom and Dad Bluebird usually raise about 2-3 different 'families' per year, with each group consisting of from 3 to 5 little ones..
The first group here this year started with FOUR eggs. We are not sure that all 4 of the babies made it --but as of now, we have seen 2 of them! Mom and Dad are EXCELLENT parents and once the little ones fledge, the parents keep a close watch on them as they learn to live in this big-ole world!
About a month after they leave the nest, Dad (who is the main feeder of the babies) starts bringing them to the bird feeders. Mom is always nearby --and keeps a watch on all of her babies... They are SO much fun to watch.
Today, I'll share a group of photos I took beginning on Sunday, 5/25/14. Hope you enjoy seeing my photos... Some of them are not the 'best' --because I was taking photos through screen doors and 'dirty' windows... ha.. BUT--you'll get the idea!!!!! Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.
|See that mouth-full Daddy Blue is carrying???? That is for one of the hungry babies!!|
|At first, the babies stopped on the TOP of the arbor (above the feeders)... Daddy would feed them up there (which made it harder for me to get pictures)...|
|I don't want to forget Mama Bluebird. Even though she doesn't feed the babies, she is always around watching and protecting them.|
|Here's another photo of Daddy with one of the babies on the TOP of the Arbor. I love seeing those precious little speckled babies--even though they are about as big now as their parents... (The parents obviously feed them well!)|
|Daddy Blue and one of the babies were watching a Blue Jay who was trying to get his turn on the plate feeder!!!|
|I love this photo of one of the Baby Bluebirds... Precious, don't you think?|
|OKAY!!!! One of the little ones finally got brave enough to fly down to the plate feeder. (He still counts on Daddy to feed him though --and doesn't quite know how to do it himself yet.)|
|Daddy Blue was trying to teach the little one to eat from the feeder.|
|Again, they are 'looking' at that Blue Jay (who desperately wants one of those peanuts on the plate feeder)|
|Look at the BIG mouth --begging for food.... AND--as you can tell from the mealworms in Daddy's mouth, that baby is going to get fed.... Adorable, aren't they?|
UPDATE: Didn't mean to confuse anyone --but some thought I was suspending THIS blog too.. I am not and will continue to post on Monday/Wed./Fridays.
Okay----that's about it from Betsy's Bird Kitchen today!!!!! Have a fantastic Wednesday.