Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bluebird Feeding Time

Each morning I put mealworms in a box outside our family room window. This past week we have had quite a show. There are a couple families of Bluebirds who like our mealworms. They are a little skittish, but I was able to get a few pictures of one of the family groups. Here is Dad Bluebird and three babies-- they are cleaning me out of worms!

This first picture is dad in the box and one of the babies on top...



Next in the Crape Myrtle next to the box...



And last --one of the better shots.


20 comments:

  1. Awesome shot! It's very rare to get a shot like this with all the guys together so great job!

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  2. Look at all those baby bluebirds! They are adorable! And Dad is absolutely beautiful. I bet they enjoyed those mealworms.

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  3. Wonderful! :-) Your photos are great!

    We let our bluebirds (so, so many of them here) eat the worms out of the ground in the meadow. I don't think we could stock enough worms for all the flocks we have here.

    Cameron

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  4. Hi Tina, it took a little while to get a clear shot...they kept flying off!!

    Hi sweetbay, they have REALLY been enjoying these worms! The other morning there were four babies and a couple of parents. I guess it was more than one family.

    Hi Cameron, Sometimes I don't worry about the Bluebirds getting worms as the garden has an abundant supply, but when the babies are there, it is fun to see them.

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  5. They are beautiful! Thanks for the treat. Where does one get mealworms? A pet store?

    Susie Q

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  6. Janet, how fun to be able to see this this close. I would love to have bluebirds, but never see them here. You are a ood hostess-providing such good meals so your guests.

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  7. So adorable! We used to pick up treats for our fish from a place that raised bugs as a business. When they'd clean out their warehouse (an every day chore for them I guess) they'd lay out flats that crickets had used, and these piles of flats would be covered in bluebirds.

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  8. I love that last shot. The man that sells me blueberry plants for work, also makes handmade bluebird houses. It's a nice fit.

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  9. Beautiful photos! I love the bluebirds, but I never see them here.

    Besides the bluebirds, you do have a lot of color in your garden this August. Lantana is such a great flower for the hot summer, but I also chuckled about your lobelia. I've had much the same thing happen with the ferns here. I planted some inexpensive "bare roots" (mostly root), but they didn't come up last year, so I assumed they had died. This year I have little ferns coming up everywhere in the shade garden!

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  10. Hi Tatyana, it has been fun watching their 'meetings'!

    Hi Susie Q- I get the worms at my friend Greg's store, he has a Wild Birds Unlimited in town. The pet store is one place. You could order them via the internet too if you wanted.

    Evening Beckie, we have really been enjoying them.

    Hi Anna, I bet that was fun to see!!

    Hi Les, welcome home. That does sound like a good match.

    Hi Rose, I do have lots of color in my garden-- love it! How fun for you with the ferns. Mother Nature is tricky sometimes!

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  11. I love the last photo of the bluebird family.

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  12. Thanks Donna. I was glad to finally get a good shot of them.

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  13. Lovely shots Queen Janet ... I suppose the feathers become bluer as they get older.. yeah?
    ~bangchik

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  14. Just unbelievable Sissy!! What a blessing to have something like this so close.

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  15. hi bangchik, yes they get more colorful as they get older.

    Mary! thanks for visiting. Aren't these babies cute?

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  16. What a great picture! I just heard about the mealworms "snacks" recently from an elementary teacher; she actually grows them in the classroom to feed the bluebirds.

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  17. Hi Nelumbo, my neighbor grows her own mealworms but she said it is not a fast process. I think it being a classroom project is great!

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  18. Great shots Janet! I always great to catch a glimpse of the fledglings outside of the nest!

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