Bluebirds Fledge

June 12, 2011

Austin has graduated and the Bluebirds have fledged. That has got to be a good sign.

I was asked why I didn’t post in advance that I was going to broadcast his graduation. Simple, I never even thought about it until I was sitting at the graduation and I got my iPhone out to make a call. Wam! It hit me, why not broadcast it? So I did. Believe me; I did berate myself for not thinking ahead and bringing my new iPad which would have made it much easier. Also, have you ever tried to hold a phone steady for an hour? I finally got smart and moved down closer to the stage but had to get on my knees so as to not block anyone’s view. All I could think about was “can you speed this up,” as my legs were going numb. I hope my pain was worth your enjoyment. Actually, it was one of those, “Gee, that was fun and I was part of it,” moments.

Have a great day,

Carlos, Donna and Austin

39 Responses to “Bluebirds Fledge”

  1. debbie Says:

    we *loved* it!! it was a totally wonderful surprise! thank you!!

    and again, total congrats to austin!!



  2. Janice Barreras Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! Now on to bigger and better ventures at college. And, . . . the bluebirds are now seeking their way in the world outside the box. Will miss the transmissions of the birds, particularly M&M, but hope you and Donna enjoy your travels, Carlos. Hoping to see the owl box back up once you’ve quenched your traveling thirst. Thank you again, for all your family does to bring us all together in such a positive way!!

  3. Janice Barreras Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! Now on to bigger and better ventures in college. And, . . . the bluebirds now join the owlets to explore and learn about their new lives outide their box. Carlos and Donna, hoping you enjoy your travels. Will miss transmissions of the birds, particularly M&M, but hoping that we will see Clutch 4 transmitted once you have quenched your “travel thirst”. Thank you again, for all your family has done to bring us together in such a positive way.

  4. Jerri Weed Says:


    Loved It, Felt like I was in Front row and to see it Live was Great…Thank U So Vey Much..Very Thoughtful Of U to do that for us..Hope Your Knees aren’t feeling the Pain today…

    On another Note–Thank U All So Much for Bringing Chat and The Owlets, Field Trips, and The Bluebirds to Life for Us to View in our Own Homes…KS Had take a Moment and Grab a ShamWoW…The Royal Family is The Best anyone could ever Know…KS will Miss U ALL So Very Much but U need Vacation Time and Family Time as well since Austiin will soon Fledge..Please Keep us Up-dated and OH let us Know about Molly the Book and How it Faired…

    Much LOVE,
    Jerri Weed–Phoenix, AZ

  5. Sarah (slewvi) Says:

    Oh it was such a treat to see Austin graduate!, I tuned in just in time!. You just never know what delightful surprises you will encounter at the “Owlbox!” Congrats Austin, congrats all parental folks involved–your fledgling has moved another step forward to independence. Lucky that KS provided the Shamwowz, most of us needed them. How did Austin feel when he found out there were 135 more people at his graduation? cheering for him, thrilled for him! Again, thank you for all the treats you give us.

    Love to you all,

  6. dennens Says:

    So Carlos, are you going to re-run the graduation? Or is that possible from a phone? You know you and Donna are not only sharing owls and bluebirds with us, but a grandson and grandaughter too! Check out the Dennen’s Facebook Page and see who we have peeking in…

    Thanks so much – Jo

  7. dennens Says:

    And Austin! Congratulations! Do not forget to listen and learn from your grandparents…not only business, but humanity, generosity and kindness of spirit. They are wonderful role models, cherish them.


  8. Leslee Says:

    Darn…I so wanted to see Austin graduate…I was even going to suggest you broadcast it…but thought that would be impossible…DANG…I missed it…is there any place we can see it now? Congrats to Austin…a great young man!

  9. DianaJoe Says:

    I missed it,too. I have a feeling Austin had to have felt a lot of love and proudness( like that word ?LOL) yesterday. You have grown up in front of us. Have a great summer. “clappy things for Austin”

  10. Maureen Says:

    so do we get to see the graduation???

  11. mandozee Says:

    Austin: on to colage and what comes after… Carlos and Donna: good travels, please keep us updated via your Blog when you can. Will check in from time to time and see if the cams are on when you come home between your travels. Mandozee

  12. Sandy Field Says:

    congratulations Austin!!!! Way to Go!!

  13. Sally L Dausch Says:

    well congratulations to all, Austin on to new learning adventures and the blue birds on to making thier own families and experiences, sorry I missed the last min. filming of your graduation Austin, but I am sure your wonderful supportive and loving family were all there for you (any chance of a replay for those of us who were not watching?) I am certain of a wonderful life for you and your sister with all the love and support that you have as well as millions of us in owl viewing land. You two are going to be something special in this wacky world of ours…………Good Luck and a wonderful adventure await……….sldausch <3:)

  14. Carol Stanley Says:

    It was a great surprise. Congratulations Austin! I was unpacking boxes so it was a nice distraction. Glad I just happened to be tuned in.


  15. VSue Says:

    Awesome Austin


    And happy for the Bluebirdies too

    Thanks for sharing

  16. Rosemary Says:

    So sorry I missed the Graduation… I hope there is a way for Carlos
    to repost it for us to see, but if not.. I still appreciate his thoughtfullness
    to even think of sharing it when he did…Your one in a milliion Carlos,
    and we love and appreciate you.

  17. Glenn Says:

    I missed it too but did see the short video that Carlos posted. Carlos! When did the third baby Bluebird fledge. We saw the first two on the video then saw Mom and Dad trying to get the third one out about 33 minutes into recording but did not see it leave. Please let us know.

  18. Eileen "Teatime" Says:

    Thank you for graduation broadcast. I just caught the end.
    Congratulations Austin!!!

    All this fledging has me down…..I want more beginnings…


  19. Barbara Says:

    it was wonderful! hope your knees feel better today! Thanks for everything. Austin has so many people who are so very proud of him!! You and Donna have safe travels and keep in touch. We will all be patiently waiting.

  20. Sherry Kelly Says:

    I missed both – Austin’s graduation and BB fledging! Would love to have seen them. My best wishes to all. I have a grandson Austin’s age who just graduated also. What a great achievement and exciting time in their lives.

  21. sueconner Says:

    Another Royal ray of sunshine! Loved the blues and Austin’s graduation. Fly on “great wings” Austin! From the East Coast with love.

  22. Martha (calliopekid) Says:

    Carlos – I am so glad that you decided at the last minute to record and bradcoast Austin’s graduation live. I was just lucky to have been at the bluebird box when it came on. Those of us who were there really had a
    wonderful time watching Austin graduate. We were just like a bunch of
    proud (adopted grandparents) and just elated to be part of it.

    We all hoped that your mom got to see it or better yet maybe she was there?

    Thanks again,
    So proud of Austin
    Martha (calliopekid)

  23. SARose69 Says:

    It was definitely worth it! Thank you so much!

  24. Tresbien Says:

    Carlos, I was moderating during the time of Austin’s graduation, figuring you and Donna would be there. We had 139 viewers happily attending Austin’s special day thanks to you. I had no idea you did it spontaneously and thought you did it for your mom/family who could not attend. It was above and beyond for you to strain yourself for an hour, but I can say everyone watching was thrilled to share in Austin’s accomplishment. Thank you! I got a couple of screencaps for those who weren’t able to watch.

  25. gail Says:

    we are all so supporive of Austin and I know that you are a proud Grandfather, as you should so be.. take pride in your grandchild as he is a pride and joy in your life…
    he has done wonders and we have all loved every moment and enjoyed his adventures.. he’s a great child !!

  26. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly & McGee First Clutch

    June 12, 2010 – Austin & Wesley Stay Another Night

    June 12, 2010 – The Owl Box: For Rent

    Another Momentous Day in The Owl Box Archives of the Royal Family of San Marcos, California!

  27. redpeg Says:

    Well dang, missed the ceremony. Austin – only the best to you and your new ventures. Study hard and you will go far! Thank you for all you’ve done for us MODs!

  28. Oh Carlos, you are something else. I went to peek in on the blue birds and low and behold they were calling Austin’s name. It was such an exciting moment. We do so appreciate your doing this for us. OF course we all feel that Austin is a huge part of our family too. (And he looked so handsome in that red dress). lol. Fledge Austin, you have big things ahead of you in your future. We are looking forward to the next DVD and seeing Molly and McGee again. Take care and Carlos and Donna, thank you seems so inadequate for all you have given to us. The whole world loves the Royal’s.

  29. marie Says:

    It has been exciting around here, too. We have a hawks nest in a pine tree in our back yard and at least two are fledging and trying out their wings every morning. Mom was teaching them how to hunt this morning and one was practicing his owl hop exercises! (pouncing)They seem most active every morning, so I am not surprised the bluebirds fledged early in the mornintg, too.

  30. Deb Says:

    That was a wonderful surprise to watch the Graduation!! I figured it had been a last minute decision as you always notify us know when an event is taking place.

    I had missed the bluebirds fledge by about 20 – 25 minutes. Was glad that it had been recorded so that I could watch the replay.

    Thank you Carlos, Donna and Austin for the best Ustream site on the web.

    Deb in OH

  31. francie bowers Says:

    Sorry I did not know about your broadcast! hope your knees are recovered, so happy for Austin, such a sweet boy!!

  32. Austin is a Lucky guy to have you as Grandparents. We are Lucky too. Thank You for all your hard work.

  33. Treva Roberts Says:

    Carlos your a Hoot !!!! You bring a smile to my face every morning when I read your updates (yours is the first that I read) even before my morning cup of coffee. Congrats to Ausin !!!!

  34. Jodimaher Says:

    I didn’t get a chance to see but what a nice treat Carlos! Thanks for everything and hope to hear from you soon. Ps. Congratulations to Austin. What a great young man. My kids are right behind him in highschool – his stories and ambitions inspire them! Talk to you soon! happy almost summer.

  35. Glenn Says:

    Congratulations to Carlos,Chris,Eric and Austin on the book. I saw some of Austin’s graduation photos. Carlos we are still wandering, when did the third Bluebird Baby fledge? We watched and the recording but it finally run out without seeing the third baby leave. Thank you Carlos for recording for us. Does anyone now when the third baby fledged?

  36. Kevin Says:

    Hi Carols: Just wondering about M&M. After we started to watch the Bluebirds we didn’t get any updates on M&M wether they started a new clutch. After the owlets fledged it looked like M&M were in the process of moving back into the owl box to start another family.

  37. Kevin Says:

    For all you Mods, I was Just wondering if there any another website that all of you are watching now and chatting.

  38. Lisa Tye, Columbia, SC Says:

    Congratulations Austin, you have accomplished things in your life already that so many of us only WISH to do…so keep on pursuring everything that you are interested in!! Much Happiness!

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