Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Little Survivor Bluebird

Little Survivor Bluebirdird by Teri DC
Little Survivor Bluebirdird, a photo by Teri DC on Flickr.
Here is the story on this little baby.
Remember when I sketched the baby bluebird with his mouth open begging for food on 7/20/12?

Last week when I walked by the nest box, I found this little baby on the grass and the nest completely disrupted with no grass in it at all. So I put some old grass in and put the baby back. There were two babies missing and presumed dead. The Mother soon came to take care of this one.
Then a few days later when I looked in the box, all the grass was gone and the baby looked so forlorn, so I added more grass and worried that the mother had abandoned it.
I finally saw her feeding it again and it is getting bigger and healthier. I have high hopes that it will continue to survive and grow to fledge.
One thing I have learned from being a bluebird nest box monitor is that the parents will allow handling of the babies.


  1. I'm so glad this story had a happy ending. Another great sketch!

  2. Teri, I am so glad he survived, and that you helped take care of him. :)

  3. Good job. Hopefully she will fledge soon!

  4. great sketch and story.
    happy to hear that the birds did not abandon the child since a 'human' rescued it. that's a new lesson for me too.
    thanks for sharing.

  5. Aaaaw, what a beauty Teri, beautiful sketch! Who or what do you think is disturbing the next like that? A cat? A rat? I'm also holding thumbs for this little one...

  6. Thanks for the comments. I feel like a nervous new mother always worrying about the baby and checking to see if mom is taking care of it.
    I have been wondering what is disturbing the nest also. We do have feral cats in the neighborhood........and it always seems to happen at night because I have found the problems in early morning.
    Keeping my fingers crossed. It will fledge in about 4-5 days.

  7. I am so glad your baby bird story was better than mine! Glad he is doing well.

  8. I wonder what is getting in there??? I've seen birds empty a nest box that they want to take over, i.e. a flicker throwing out a bluebird's nesting material one time ... and another time a different flicker pulling a starling's nesting material out. Maybe another bird is trying to take over this box.


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