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  1. Just to update here - Another egg was laid for a total of 5. Shortly thereafter, the male started to become intolerant of the "2nd" female, and within a few days she disappeared. I have not seen her in the yard since. All the eggs hatched, and the little ones fledged early yesterday (Wed, 5/25), which happens to be my birthday! That's the 2nd time throughout the years that the first clutch of Bluebirds has fledged right on my birthday.

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  2. I heard what I thought was Red-eyed Vireo singing and decided to record it. To my surprise, the Merlin app said Philadelphia was singing. I must admit, I didn't even know what Philadelphia Vireo sounded like when I recorded this sample. I would normally dismiss this as a misidentification by Merlin, except that another well known local "birding-by-ear expert" reported Philadelphia Vireo at the exact same location about a half hour earlier. Philadelphia Vireo is apparently very rare in eastern PA in the spring. My question is, does anyone think Philadelphia Vireo is really singing in this recording, and what is the best way to distinguish it's song from Red-eyed Vireo? From yesterday, 5/14, in Lehigh County, PA. Thanks!

  3. Thank You, meghann! That's a great information, and I'm glad you found and posted the link. So interesting. I will re here as the season progresses and let you know how things turn out. And if the "family" stays together for round 2!

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  4. We have a Peterson style Bluebird box, and every year that I can remember we've had a pair nest and raise 2 or 3 clutches. This year we have 3 Bluebirds (2 Females and 1 male) that are always here together. There's 4 eggs in the nest, and the eggs have been there for about a week. There is no hostility among the 3, even when they visit the deck for a few mealworm treats. We've fed mealworm treats in all previous years too. I would have thought the mated pair would have chased the other Female away, but that hasn't been the case. The group has been here together for at least 6 weeks. What do you think of this? Has anyone seen a family of 3 ADULTS together during breeding season before? What do you think will happen when the eggs hatch? Thanks!

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