On April 16, the bluebirds disappeared from the box. The day before their disappearance, the babies had become loud and lively. I heard scuffling sounds inside the box and saw little heads peeking out. Then, nothing. When I mentioned the missing bluebirds, a gardening friend said, "Do you think something got them?" I chose to believe they had fledged. Now, one month later, they're back. The box is once again a hub of bluebird activity.
|Male bluebird brings an insect, while juvenile bluebird hangs out.|
|Bird's eye view (Female bluebird)|
A young bluebird frequently accompanies one of the parents and sits on the box while they are busy inside. Young bluebirds from the first brood help the parents feed nestlings from the second brood, according to "Birds of the Carolinas." Perhaps mama and papa should cut down on junior's ration of insects. He appears to be larger than either of his parents.
|Junior: "Feed me!" Mama: "Are you crazy? You're bigger than I am!"|
Note to self: Remember to remove the window screen before photographing bluebirds!