Brood #3 fledged today, but not without its share of drama. Baby #1 made a successful flight 100 ft across the yard into the trees. Yay! However, about 3 minutes later it decided to follow Mom and Dad to the feeders. Not knowing how or where to land on the feeder poles, it eventually dropped to the ground. Oh no. Mom quickly grabbed some worms and headed to the nest box as if to tell the other two to stay put for a minute, they had an issue they were dealing with. Dad was his normal watchful self, and dive bombed any Blue Jays that came too close. After about 10 minutes the baby gathered up enough strength to once again fly to the trees. Yay again. Right after that Baby #2 fledged. This flight was only about 40 ft and he landed in the yard under the feeders. Oh no, again. While this was going on, #3 was popping its head out, so I knew it wouldn't be long. I look at #2 and see out of the corner of my eye #3 leave. Successful flight to the trees. Yay. When I look back, #2 is gone, so I assume he made it to the trees when I wasn't looking. About 10 minutes later I realize #2 only made it up as far as a feeder, and is sitting on the tray, terrified by every bird that lands near it. It sits there for a good 30 minutes, and finally flies to the trees. Whew! As a group, I give them a 4 out of 10 on their fledge. I hope that isn't any indication of how successful their life will be in the wild. This year we successfully fledged 13 Bluebird babies. Of the prior 10, a group of 8 was at the feeders last night, with a group of 6 returning this morning. So nice to see them continue to return.
Baby #2 Fledge landing
Baby #2 Second landing