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Martha Sharifi

Lithia, FL, United States

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Watched these beautiful Bluebird parents help their young fledge this morning.

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Nests in boxes

Bluebirds Fledged

Bluebirds fledged this morning! Mom (lower left), Dad (Top) & a Baby (upper right) spotted in nearby tree.

4 responses to “Bluebirds Fledged”

  1. waunette says:

    Love the Bluebirds.

    Watching some in Geneva, Alabama.
    Just learning. How long does it take to hatch?

    • Martha Sharifi says:

      Hi!
      Here is a great website that provides a bluebird timeline for events. I found it to be very accurate with the past 4 bluebird broods in my nest box: http://www.sialis.org/runt.htm.

      Typically it takes 12-14 days for the eggs to hatch from the date the last egg was laid. After they hatch, they fledge anywhere from 16-21 days, but mine have always fledged on the 18th & 19th day. Enjoy!

  2. Linda says:

    How soon should you clean out the nest after the babies fledge

    • Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

      Hi Linda, you might find this article helpful. Bluebirds will re-use old nests, and can build their own, so cleaning the box is up to you. Please note that it’s important to be completely sure that another nesting attempt has not begun yet when you clean the box out, so if you are unsure, we generally recommend waiting until the fall, unless they are particularly soiled with fecal matter.

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