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Jose Rodriguez
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Location: FL/Belleview

I know this is a Purple Martin forum, however I just wanted to share a picture of our baby Bluebirds that were in our Bluebird house and have already left their nest. Momma and Papa did a great job! Looking forward to their next nesting.

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bwenger
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Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:24 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Espyville/Pymatuning Reservoir Area
Martin Colony History: Taking care of 11 active public colonies and trying to start two more in northwestern PA. Also attempting to restart another one in southwestern PA, in Collier Township's Hilltop Park. In 2017, not sure what happened but the ASY male returned and then a couple of weeks later he was gone. It could have been weather related. No other birds showed up. I had a starling nesting at the Public site that I had trouble getting rid of.
In 2018, we fledged 629 martins at all of the sites.

Nice pictures!

I just saw our first bluebird egg the other day. The day after we saw 23 degrees and 2 inches of snow.

Enjoy the babies.

Bill
Jose Rodriguez
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Thanks Bill!
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DakotaLady
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Location: Bismarck, ND

Jose,

Nice to see the little guys are starting to get their beautiful blue feathers in your photo. Looks like you have a great setup and have spoiled your birds feeding them mealworms. Very nice.
~Tangula~

2013 - 16 pair, 79 eggs, 71 fledged
2012 - 4 pair, 18 eggs, 18 fledged
Jose Rodriguez
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Thanks DakotaLady,

This morning I saw the male Bluebird still feeding a baby Bluebird on the Purple Martin Perches. I wished I had a picture of that! I have read to keep the feeders filled even after they have left the nest with the treats because that's how the parents teach the babies how to feed on their own. Plus I want them to hang around also! :grin:
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Archer
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Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Isn't that something! Man that's Good! Wish we had them in Manitoba, only seen one here in 50 years.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
Jose Rodriguez
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This couple could not wait for me to put up their home that when I left the post digger in the ground to get the pole Daddy was staking his claim already. Momma was in the back tapping her feet! :lol:

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Connie
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Location: WALKER, LOUISIANA
Martin Colony History: Had my site up to 22 gourds of which most (+/-3) stayed occupied.
Downsized to 17 gourds due to back surgeries. Had 14 families in 2017 but did not do nest checks due to health. Feeling better in 2018 and hoping for a good year.

Jose Rodriguez wrote:This couple could not wait for me to put up their home that when I left the post digger in the ground to get the pole Daddy was staking his claim already. Momma was in the back tapping her feet! :lol:

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Aww, so cute. Looks exactly like what he's doing! :)
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Bulldog1
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Location: Mississippi/Hamilton

Great work with your camera. It is never the camera, it is the photographer.
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2015 - 18 Gourds offered - 12 active nests, 62 eggs, 51 fledged
2014 - 18 gourds offered - 12 active nests, 52 eggs, 48 fledged
2013 - 12 gourds offered - 9 pairs, 56 eggs, 52 hatched, 49 fledged
2012 - 12 gourds offered -4 pairs, 20 eggs, 19 fledged
2011 - 6 gourds offered -1 pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged !!!!
mickey53
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Location: Ontario/Prince Edward County

Thanks for the posts. We have 4 bluebird houses in addition to our purple martin house. Each year if we are lucky we get one nesting pair and a successful fledge. Have not seen any bluebirds yet. Like how you offered the mealworms right on the house. Cecile
Jose Rodriguez
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Thanks Bulldog!

Yes, our baby Bluebirds are now eating on their own from the little trays. I add dried mealworms every other day.
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Matt@atx
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Location: Buda, TX, south of Austin

Those are great photos in really good color. Im glad I am not the only one that loves blue birds. it appears our first 5 youngsters fledged last Friday(most likely)on 04/18/14.

I have phone photos and copy them toa folder on my computer cannot get them to copy here.

nice thread
2008~(1st yr) 4 pairs, 11 to 12 fledged
2009~(2nd yr) 9 pairs, 41 fledged
2010~(3rd year) 11 pairs. 50 fledged
2011~(4th year) 20 pairs, 23 out of 23 gourds Martin occupied, 3 fledged, the rest died in the drought. (1 new Blue Bird, 3 BB fledged.)
2012~ 26 pairs, approx. 100-110 fledged
Jose Rodriguez
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Matt,

The top photo of the baby Bluebirds are from my iPhone. I up-loaded the picture to my Photobucket account then copied and pasted the code to this forum.


Thanks
Jose
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jasalva
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Location: DE/Milton

We have a BB couple with five eggs. Last year they had three successful boxes. We had to help with the first nesting by trapping house sparrows.
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