I thought I was going to have to write with bad news and say that the mother bluebird was gone. She disappeared for a day or two, or she was not on the nest when I checked for her. Which in hindsight was good news because it meant she was able to fly again. So life for the bluebird family seems to be back to normal. The mother is on the nest keeping her eggs warm and safe and the father is hunting for insects to feed the mother and himself.
Grace the wildlife rehabilitator said that it’s late in the season to have a new clutch of eggs but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. And I’ll keep you posted.
If you are interested in finding out if your property is a good environment for bluebirds visit www.sialis.org. This site can answer every question having to do with bluebirds. The following address will connect to a Bluebird Fact Sheet at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2723&Q=325966
Bluebirds like semi-open habitats, orchards, parklands, meadows, and other area with scattered trees and short ground cover. They perch in the open and scan the ground for insects and spiders. We had a male bluebird who liked to perch on the bowsprit of a boat in our backyard.
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