Monday was fledge day for a nest of Eastern Bluebirds. I watched this mother bluebird swoop and sing to entice the last nestling out of the nestbox, while the father tended the three that had already fledged.
She chattered, sang and flew back and forth within view of the nestbox’s entry hole. Her efforts were successful and the straggler left the nest while I monitored the rest of the trail.
It’s a real treat to witness bluebird parents’ song and dance on fledge day. Tree swallows too, who are joined by other fledglings and extended family in soaring around the nest.
For the bluebird parents, it’s the beginning of a next phase of feeding and protecting the young birds, a process that began when the straw nest was built and eggs laid in late June. The chicks hatched a little over two weeks later and fledged at 17 days old.
From another nest, here’s a look at Eastern Bluebird nestlings fully feathered and ready to fledge.
Note: All in-box photos are taken in the course of normal nestbox monitoring without the use of flash. External photos are taken at respectful and safe distances.