Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
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Should I stay or should I go now?

TUTIs. Photo by Nancy Brown
Photo by Nancy Brown of Charlotte, NC

The last fledgling is coaxed out of the nestbox by a parent. The remaining nestlings left the box the afternoon before. The parents continued to feed the laggard, trying to entice him out by going back and forth from the mealworm feeder to the box, and squawking up a storm. This last holdout fledged the following morning.

It is not uncommon to have a "runt" or late bloomer, especially in species like titmice where incubation begins on the next to last egg, which can result in asynchronous hatching.

Nancy's box is right up against the house and five feet off the ground. She noticed that the mother continued to bring in nesting material during incubation, which is common in titmice.

Nancy used a Canon 5D Mark II on a tripod, operated remotely, with a Canon lens. Despite the difficult lighting situation extreme shadow and highlight areas), it is a great shot.


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