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Meet the Eastern Bluebirds of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House Summer 2015

"Gus" and "Eliza" the Eastern Bluebirds of Summer 2015

“Gus” and “Eliza” the Eastern Bluebirds of Summer 2015

Meet the Eastern Bluebirds of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House, Summer 2015! Back in April, I got the first glimpse of what would be an exciting summer season of nesting Eastern Bluebirds here in the yard of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Approximately 25 years ago, my father put up the first Bluebird box on the perimeter of the yard of what is now known as Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House.  My dad always prided himself in having a pair of Eastern Bluebirds using the nesting box he had provided for them, almost every year. Now eleven years after my father’s death, I am very proud to say we have a resident pair of Eastern Bluebirds using a new box, in the same spot my father used one so many years ago. The Bluebirds, “Gus” and “Eliza” as I call them, are named after my grandparents who bought this land in 1914. My grandparents went on to raise sixteen children on this beautiful spot located in beautiful, scenic northwest Illinois. I think “Gus” and “Eliza” are carrying on the tradition of raising a huge family. They have had two successful nestings so far this season and are now working on the third.  The first nesting back in May produced four eggs, however one did not hatch. Three beautiful little Bluebirds fledged from this nest around the 26th of May. Here is a chronicle of their days in the nesting box.

Four Eggs in the Box on April 29th 2015

Four Eggs in the Box on April 29th 2015

Day 1 May 9th 2015 Three of the Four Eggs Have Hatched.

Day 1 May 9th 2015 Three of the Four Eggs Have Hatched.

Day 3 May 11th 2015

Day 3 May 11th 2015

Day 5 May 13th 2015

Day 5 May 13th 2015

Day 7th May 15th 2015

Day 7th May 15th 2015

Day 9 May 17th 2015

Day 9 May 17th 2015

Day 11 May 19th 2015

Day 11 May 19th 2015

Day 14 May 22nd 2015

Day 14 May 22nd 2015

Shortly after the Day 14 photo was taken all three babies did fledge from the box. Here is a shot of them coming back to eat in the yard several weeks later sitting on the top of the box they were born in.

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“Gus” and “Eliza” went on to nesting number two in another box just 40 feet away from the first box. “Eliza” laid five eggs in that box in June and they all hatched. We have helped “Gus” and “Eliza” out with the feeding of all their hatchlings. We buy wax worms at the gas station intended for fishing. “Gus” and “Eliza” know the minute we show up with the little blue plastic tub and anxiously wait for the worms on their plate. They gobble up as many as their little beaks can hold then take them into the nesting boxes to feed their babies. “Gus” will always let me know when the plate is empty as he will return to the fence and stare at me as if to say the plate is empty I need more.

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Here are a couple shots of “Gus” feeding the babies.

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird 1 6 14 2015 073 (3) website

I have numerous shots of my Eastern Bluebird family and they have been a constant source of joy this summer.

"Gus"

“Gus”

"Eliza"

“Eliza”

"Gus"

“Gus”

"Gus" and "Eliza"

“Gus” and “Eliza”

All five babies fledged from the second nesting last Friday. For the first time in two months last on  July 10th, I walked into a yard with no Bluebirds. It was a very strange, lonely feeling. However, next morning they were both there bright and early and building yet another nest.

They have now built nest number three back in the first nest box they started in. We haven’t checked yet to see if we have any eggs, but will do so over the next couple days. They are both constantly by the box and it is looking good for the possibility of nesting number three. I will keep you updated as we learn more.

I hope you have enjoyed our story so far of “Gus” and “Eliza” and check back soon for the rest of the story!

Connie Zink