Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wild Bird Wednesday: Baby Bluebirds

Saturday evening Hubs and I were out in our driveway finishing up potting some flowers when we heard the biggest ruckus coming from the bluebird houses. Mom and Dad were flying all around and screeching loudly. It was almost night time so our vision of the area wasn't entirely clear. Then Hubs saw a baby come out of the nest. My hands were wet and muddy from the potting so I ran inside and washed my hands and grabbed the camera. When I returned things were fairly quiet and I didn't see any activity.
About that time Hubs carried some potted plants to the deck and noticed one of the babies sitting still in the flower bed. It was almost night so it was hard getting a photo and these two are the best I could do.


I'm not sure why they came out of the nest so late in the day but I probably would have missed them otherwise. I carefully walked the backyard and found three little ones. They were hopping around and not flying and the coming night had me worried. I left the area so Mom and Dad could do their job.

Dad was always nearby keeping an eye on the youngsters debut.


The next morning I again walked the yard and found one clinging to the side of my big old oak tree but as I approached it the baby flew off leaving me with the satisfaction that at least one of the three had made it safely through the night. I hope the others did too.



29 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, it is always neat to see the babies leav ethe nest. The bluebirds are one of my favorite birds and the reason I got into birding.

Marias Teater said...

Very tauching to see these youngsters, which have to fight the rest of life to survive. Lovely!

Gary said...

Wow that's something to see!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

holdingmoments said...

Such a big start to their little lives.
Let's hope they make it.

Rose said...

Isn't it a little darling???? Glad you got to see it...

kaye said...

what a fun adventure :)

Stephany said...

Oh, how sweet! These are great captures, Carletta! I love bluebirds. :) We have some baby Hermit Thrush but I can't seem to catch them in time to get pictures.

Marissa ♥ said...

Carletta,

I'm so happy you were able to capture this! How sweet the baby bluebird is. I hope the other 2 made it!

Andrew said...

Beautiful little birds to see you images are lovely.
Good luck to the little Bluebirds.

mick said...

How nice to see those little birds so soon after they left the nest. Thanks for sharing the moment with your photos.

Mike B. said...

Great find! I am bummed that the chickadees and robins bypassed our yard this year.

Frank said...

Dangerous times when they first leave the nest. Let's hope the survival rate is good.

Leora said...

Oh, I love these. So sweet. And fragile.

Hilke Breder said...

You are lucky to have a pair of bluebirds nesting in your yard. It's always a tense moment when the nestlings fledge and are still so helpless. I love those shots of the youngsters! Hope they all made it!

MaineBirder said...

Wonderful captures of the youngster! I would love to have Bluebirds nesting in our yard.

Amila said...

So nice to see them little ones!

Springman said...

What a treat seeing these little BB fledglings. Thanks for sharing. That was quite a little drama!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You are lucky to see them fledge, Carletta. I have seen them fledge one time --about 9 a.m. on a rainy morning...

I'm sure they are all okay.. The parents take good care of them--and really protect them.

They are just adorable. Glad you got some pictures.

Hugs,
Betsy

joo said...

Cute little fellow and his dad is so handsome:)

Bill S. said...

What a wonderful story. I often wonder how many fledglings make it once they leave the nest and cannot fly well. Great post and pictures.

dreamfalcon said...

I'm just waiting for "my" little ones to leave their nest any day now and I don't know what's gonna happen.
I'm glad that at least one of yours made it. Those baby photos are very good!

JunieRose2005 said...

What an exciting event, Carletta! Hoping all those babies made it!! Your pictures are so sweet!!


Junie

don said...

A fine series with excellent close ups. It makes quite a dramatic story. I hope more made it too! Nice post.

Fotokarusellen said...

A great post and very beautiful images. Well done!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm nearly speechless and in awe. Just beautiful images.

Pat said...

Wonderful photos of the fledglings! I hope they have a happy Bluebird life!

SquirrelQueen said...

How wonderful that you got to see the babies. I hope they all made it.

Pat said...

How sweet! Looks like he has blue eyes too! How exciting to see this little guy!

Indrani said...

That is lot of live action you got to see. You got decent captures too.