Saturday, May 19, 2007

First Purple Martin Nestlings of Season

Dropped the gourds today to find the first nestlings of the season. Tiny and pink and oh so helpless, but you'd be amazed at how fast they develop. And there are still 101 eggs that haven't hatched yet! Statistics say they will not all hatch, but it doesn't hurt to hope. As more eggs begin to hatch activity at the colony will increase as the parents will be working their tails off collecting food for the ever gaping mouths of their young.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bluebird Fledglings

It appears that my bluebird nestlings have fledged. I watched the house for awhile and saw the adults flying to it but without food in their mouth which pretty much told me that the nestlings were no longer in the box. Not long after I spotted one of them in a nearby tree. Normally the young continue to be fed by the adults for several weeks after they leave the nest. Now I'll keep an eye out for another clutch!

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