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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2021, 01:43:04 AM »


Juvenile female cardinal (deck rail, top left) waiting for squirrel to leave the peanut jar.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2021, 01:50:07 AM »


Squirrel, mom bluebird and juvenile female cardinal
Squirrel chowing down, mom bluebird keeping guard(perched on feeder pole) and juvenile female cardinal(lower left) waiting her turn.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2021, 01:59:57 AM »


A resident squirrel... striking a pose.

I had been poised for about 30 minutes waiting for some bluebird action.
This gal (?) had been making visiting the peanut feeder.
She inched her way closer to deck door. I shifted and she ran back to stairs. I looked down at her , she sat up, pulled her front legs to her chest. And I got this.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #48 on: August 11, 2021, 02:12:48 AM »


Our four bluebird hatchlings about 13 days out of their eggs.
  Jim snapped this one,8-4-2021,  from the nesting box. Pin feathers visible. Mom and dad busy, busy with feedings. Our avian babies busy growing up ,up and up. Calculations estimate fledging next Sunday or Monday August 14th, 15th respectively. However...our sweet babies could fly the coop on the 13th or 16th.
 Lately this season, my batting average on witnessing the event have been 0/0  !! >:(
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2021, 10:45:01 AM »

I gave it another week. Unfortunately they have clearly been abandoned. Looking back I remember an early evening when the Bluebirds were going crazy in the trees around the yard. Walked out into the yard and scared off a screech owl. Could have been the reason the eggs were abandoned, but just a guess at this point.
Another very helpful website for bluebirders:

http://www.sialis.org/

I checked you link for Sialis.org. Quite extensive and detailed. Will forward to Jim. Many thanks
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2021, 11:24:00 AM »

Sweet photo of hatchlings, Phyl - thanks!  Hope you will see a fledge.

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #51 on: August 12, 2021, 06:27:04 AM »

Best of luck with the new hatchlings.

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #52 on: August 13, 2021, 02:06:33 PM »


8-12-21 PM
Mom bluebird on feeder pole keeping entertained with the squirrel trio at peanut jar.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #53 on: August 13, 2021, 02:07:01 PM »

Hi ladies...hope all's well on  your end.
Right now,  skies very dark and extremely  noisy with gurgling and rumbling. The wind is stirring---the seed feeder pole is wriggling and Mom BB can hardly keep hold---back and forth to the nesting box she's been traveling.. And, here it comes what a down pour!!  First rate T-storm.  Mom/Dad have sought shelter. I've always had a concern about lightening strikes as those nesting boxes have a metal baffle and are screwed onto a slotted metal fence post exactly like used in thse barbbed wire fences for cattle.  Jim will say I fret too much though.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #54 on: August 15, 2021, 04:59:27 PM »

Jim thought he 'd be able to take a guarded peek into the nesting box to confirm that our quad have fledge. The T-storms have prohibited us doing such.
However, tomorrow looks promising for this.
I did see Mom and Dad BB raiding the meal worm feeder of the deck. Each snatched a couple of worms up and promptly headed for the woods between the
new construction and Old Hickory Hills. Before I could hold up my iPhone!
Regardless, I'll have at least one photo to post.

It's been a very dreary and wet day here. The only wildlife stirring have been the cardinals feeding on peanut pickouts , a rabbit, and a very early morning chipmunk.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #55 on: August 18, 2021, 04:10:26 PM »

I've been having some issues with send my photos from iPhone that's why there's been a delay.

Almost missed the show got a glimps of CR-52(?) pushing off for the williow tree as parents instructed this time. There weren't any more chicks after this one so the avian right of passage was complete. It's been my experience with bluebirds, anyway, that the first hatched usually fledge first. I watch the color development carefully as well to get an inkling as to gender.
Mom & dad  furrently have #s 49-52 in the forest for survival training & flight school.
I'll post photos as the fledglings and parents present themselves for  introductions and a graduation photo.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #56 on: August 18, 2021, 04:13:05 PM »



An empty nest after a fledge 8-14-21 late afternoon.
Jim will be out to clean and sanitize box #1 to ready it for the 2022 nesting season. With only a mimimum of tidying-up come March 2022.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #57 on: August 18, 2021, 04:16:24 PM »

In the meantime, we have a pair from 2021's first clutch visiting . I think the new adults are two older ones CR 39 & 40, male/female respectively. They visited the mealworm feeder the past two days. Our 2020/21 parents may not stay once #49-52 have been shown the door. Or their senior offspring may take their place. Who knows until it happens.
CR-39 is a carbon copy of his dad with the almost Indigo blue head and shoulders , perhaps with more depth of color. CR40 has just slightly  more vibrant colors then her mom.
I'll post photos as the pair present themselves.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #58 on: September 01, 2021, 02:17:41 PM »

Surprizingly with all that IDA dumped on us the last two days. I had a BB sighting late Monday.
This had me all excited and over the moon!
A very rain drenched Dad   (CR-31)or Dad Jr.  He appeared much more color intense than when dry...dah! LOL
My iPhone was in reach, I got it and positined myself to shoot---he turned, saw me. And, off he went!  >:(
Confirming that this was Junior from clutch #1  of this season.

Jim's cleaned nesting box #1 and it is officially ready for BBs next season or this winter as some have chosen in the past.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #59 on: September 05, 2021, 04:14:13 PM »


Saturday, 9-4-2021, was sunny and I had some time before dinner, so I 'camped out at the deck doors and was happily surprized by a visit by three of our 3rd clutch juvies.
Who have yet to perch themselves on our deck. But will settle for a feeder pole appearance. Not too sure  who is who here since the family took off  while we were busy.
 Even though we make it a habit of glancing out a back window to see what we 'can see'. We managed to miss them.
However!
Finally... I was fast enough on the " shutter"

'Which is more beautiful — feline movement or feline stillness?' Elizabeth Hamilton

'A man who never sees a bluebird only half lives.'
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