This video has recently been sent to me from Floyd County.  These guys came out one after the other–bing, bang, boom!  Perhaps Bluebird Mom and Dad delayed coaxing them out due to the number of hard storms rolling through this spring.  This is fun to watch!   You’ll see how intent and focused the parents are to get those that flew down to the ground back up after first flight (swooping down and flushing them back up again), hopefully to a tree and out of harm’s way.  These youngsters are particularly vulnerable to predators after fledging.  It is best they stay hidden behind leaves in a tree until they are old enough to fend for themselves and have strengthened their wings.  This is one of the main reasons the babies are still grayish and spotted–for camouflage.  Their more colorful plumage will come later.  In the meantime, the parents feed them and teach them to hunt insects for about another month.  The male will pick up on the feeding and Mom Bluebird will start another nest, sometimes within the same week.  Now that’s what I call determination–do you agree?   The video is dated May 20, 2011, on YouTube.  Thanks for sharing this with me on my website, Sue!  Enjoy.

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