Banding the Baby Bluebirds
Eastern Bluebird Nestling
The Eastern Bluebird nestlings in my back yard are in good health and yesterday we banded the babies with their very own numbered aluminum band!! I typically like to band the baby bluebirds after 10 to 11 days from hatching. If you try banding them any later than this the nestlings will then get jump happy (babies will then scatter every which direction when you open the box). Any earlier than this date and the nestlings are not developed enough to band (you can injure the bird which is the last thing we want to happen).
Young Naturalist J – taking the baby Bluebirds out of the box.
We carefully took the four babies out of the box, placed them into a bag and then banded them one at a time. The female had two healthy boys and two healthy girls in her nest box. After looking each nestling over carefully, taking a few measurements and banding; we placed the baby birds back into their box. They were soo cute . . . and should be fledging any day now (they fledge after 15-18 days)!
Young Naturalist J banding the babies!
Very cute nestlings that are ready to be returned!
I was assisting Young Naturalist J with the banding of these nestlings and all of the photos were taken by Young Naturalist J’s Mother (which was also her Birthday yesterday). This was the pair’s second clutch and the same pair that I have been doing many of my bluebird post with. I only hope that they return next summer and keep me entertained with their daily activities.
Nestlings Returned to the Box