Date: 8/7/17 8:49 am
From: Nancy Goodrich <nancyg3219...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Helping Behavior in Bluebirds
These reports of bird behavior are so interesting and helpful; thanks to
all of the (and reporters!).

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 8:39 AM, Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> wrote:

> I observed this behavior last year in the blue birds nesting near my
> home. Blue birds are know to have “helpers at the nest”. I.e. an older
> generation sticking around to help parents raise the next one.
> It’s interesting to witness this.
> Liz Lackey
> Stowe, VT
> > On Aug 6, 2017, at 7:57 AM, Cathryn Abbott <catabbott1...> wrote:
> >
> > Hello All! This season our bluebirds stuck around to raise their second
> brood in the exact same nesting box (which we cleaned out between broods).
> The three juveniles (which fledged on June 8) are still here as well. The
> second brood is well along, quite vocal, and peeking out of the nest box in
> between food deliveries. Last evening we watched one of the juvenile
> bluebirds feed its younger siblings. This happened on several occasions
> including one botched attempt where the caterpillar, still alive, managed
> to escape. I'm curious if anyone else has observed this helping behavior?
> >
> > Cat Abbott
> > Dummerston
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