previous post you see how persistent the male is in retrieving mealworms that drop from his feeding attempt. And you also see how parent and juvenile can get tangled up in the feeding process. It's also noticeable that the juvenile is not swallowing between feedings, but holding the mealworms in his mouth, making things all the more difficult. In this image series, watch what happens when the male bluebird notices the juvenile's mouth is filled with mealworms.
Clearly, hunting for food is not the only thing that makes feeding juveniles a challenge!
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This is the twelfth post in this series on this bluebird family. To see all of the posts visit the link, bluebird family. The most recent post will be first. Click "older posts" at the bottom of the page to see earlier posts. You may also enjoy Wishing Upon a Bluebird at Vickie's Sketchbook and my June article for Wild Birds Unlimited, Having Fun with Bluebirds.
Find instructions for making nest box predator guards by clicking the link. These guards have worked to keep the 9" arm of a raccoon out and have prevented prowling cat predation, as well as snakes. A 7-inch depth is recommended. You may also find a version of these guards at the Wild Birds Unlimited store nearest you.