Bluebird Family Update

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Bluebird Family Update
6 months ago

Hi all,

This past Sunday evening our Eastern Bluebird pair (Ben and Faith), fledged their first nest of the 2014 season. All five nestlings flew wonderfully well and in rapid succession emptying the nestbox in just 9 minutes... a new record for us. A very short low-tech slow motion video record of the event can be seen here:

http://kenn3d.smugmug.com/Nature/Video-Clips/8801420_hCGw73#!i=3207602662&k=h4RNP9F

And here are a few recent family photos...

Ben (Father)

Faith (Mother) :

This is Billy, a yearling son from their 3rd nesting last year, who has stayed around all Winter and is now helping to feed this year's 1st-nest fledglings.

Billy with his Mom

A couple of closer shots:

Ben

Faith

And finally... This is the 5th fledgling out of the box, and the only one to land near enough for a photo on his first flight. Unfortunately not too good a shot at ISO 800, but we take what we can get on fledge days.

Hopefully we'll have some better homecoming photos of the new babies in about 7-10 days.

Meanwhile, for anyone interested, lots more Bluebird photos can be seen here:

http://kenn3d.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=5182406&AlbumKey=KvbQrp

We hope you enjoy them,

Kenn

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Kenn & Temple - Backyard Birders in St.Louis, MO USA
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