Bluebird in Holly

Bonnie T.  Barry

Sunset, United States

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This female Eastern bluebird landed in the holly tree and sampled a berry before flying away this morning.

The female Eastern bluebird has softer hues than the male, her back a pale dusky blue and her breast soft shades of peach. She builds about three nests per mating season and lays about five eggs per nest. Along with her mate, she is an avid hunter, bringing crickets, worms, grubs, spiders, and even lizards to the nestlings. The female Eastern bluebird seems to be less fearful than the male and approaches the nesting box more readily when the babies need feeding. The male, on the other hand, seems to be more easily spooked. After the fledglings leave the nest, the female and the male continue to feed them for a time, but the female seems to want to cut the apron strings sooner as she must prepare for the next clutch and doesn’t have as much time or energy for the juveniles. The father, however, does not have to build the new nest or incubate the newly laid eggs, so he continues to feed the fledglings longer than their mother does. It really is cute to watch as these “big babies” sit on a limb with their beaks wide open, waiting for a handout from Poppa!

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