April 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm #3700
Well, I had 4 babies & didn’t check yesterday. Checked this morning & there were only 2. Confirmed it this afternoon. I’ve got HOSP everywhere, so suspect that’s it. I have spooker up, but don’t have monofilament on this box (do on front box). Like Lisa, there are no signs of the missing babies anywhere. I fear this nesting is at risk. Don’t have an available box to set up van Ert, but can try in this box once nesting is over. Besides putting up monofilament, does anyone have any suggestions? My pole is away from where climbers could get to it & is baffled. If it were a snake, I would expect all to be gone. Have never ever seen a HOWR. Worried about this outcome!
NicoleApril 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm #3701Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
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Don’t know, but those wrens are sneaky – do you have a wren guard up? I didn’t think I had any HOWR around but saw one yesterday, so I’m glad I went ahead & put up guard. No other ideas, especially if you have the box baffled. P.S. I didn’t know you could use mono and spooker at the same time – I have never used the mono myself because of the tangling threat later on. Unfortunately, nothing is foolproof. Keep us posted. Bet it was HOSP or HOWR though.April 15, 2017 at 12:47 am #3702
I am so sad Nicole! I have my little homemade wren guard up but I’m nervous because it they have indeed raided this box before I’m sure they remember it. I’ve never seen a HOWR or a HOSP in my yard but it had to be one of them, I’m convinced.
Why are the birds so mean this year?
And yes, a snake would never leave without taking every baby.April 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm #3714dogsandbirdsModerator
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Nicole, are the streamers brushing the roof? If it’s HOSP I don’t like them not being afraid of the spooker.
Don’t even get me started on the HOWR. Even the noise they make is hard for me to handle.
Atlanta, GAApril 16, 2017 at 2:35 am #3726
Yes, Gin, the streamers are touching the roof from front to back. The remaining 2 babies are still in box & doing well. Even though I’ve never seen HOWR, going to do wren guard from now on. Sometimes, there are as many as 20 HOSP in tree above box. EABL parents are always in that tree on guard. 2 babies left have made it 3 days since other 2 went missing. Praying it works out!
NicoleApril 17, 2017 at 12:17 am #3740
Double prayers for your babies Nicole! I had never seen a HOWR until today! They are so plain….totally never even noticed them!April 17, 2017 at 3:00 am #3742
I have a pair of Carolina Wrens that are always at my feeder, but haven’t seen a HOWR. However, this is the 1st time they’ve nested out back & I’m not able to observe from back there like before. Babies are 7 days old now & getting bigger.
Now that you’ve seen HOWR, that may explain what happened before. Are yours doing ok?April 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm #3759
All 5 looked fine yesterday… Still nerves! You should be out of the woods for wrens now…thank God!April 19, 2017 at 3:13 am #3791
Things still going ok here. They’re growing. Praying they’ll make it! Yours too!
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