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Sharon Cardin

Nashville, TN, USA

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While photographing Eastern Bluebirds bringing insects to their nestlings in a tree hole, I “caught” a juvenile also bringing insects to its (presumed) siblings!! What a surprise!! The juvenile entered the tree hole four times with insects over the course of about an hour-and-a-half while the parents also fed the nestlings. The male bluebird had to wait his turn while the juvenile was in the tree hole.

Eastern Bluebird Juvenile Feeds Nestlings

Eastern Bluebird juvenile with insect for nestlings in tree hole nest in Nashville, TN, on 6/23/22

4 responses to “Eastern Bluebird Juvenile Feeds Nestlings”

  1. Ava Johnson says:

    Interesting, is it normal for a juvenile Bluebird to feed its siblings?

    • Ella McGlaughlin says:

      Yes, surprisingly. It’s not uncommon for juveniles from the last brood to “help” the adults with the next brood!🥰

  2. Ella McGlaughlin says:

    How cool! It’s really interesting how these birds interact, and very special that you were able to not only witness this, but capture on camera!

  3. we have a box with babies in it to

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