Bluebird nest in Martin House?

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Has anyone heard of this – had a gal just call me and said that they found a bluebird nest and 1 blue egg inside one of their martin houses (they have two big ones & about 26 nests). They also have another active bluebird nest which has 4 babies in it, hatched the same day as mine, last Saturday, so I guess she knows what a BB nest/egg looks like. Other than robins (which as not cavity nesters), what bird would lay blue eggs? Is this common or really a very odd occurrence?

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    dogsandbirds
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    Starlings lay blue eggs also but their nest looks way different from EABL.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures! Maybe there is a severe lack of cavities. Other than that, I don’t know.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Thanks, Gin – I gave this info to the gal who told me this. She just told me that it WAS a starling’s nest & egg, so the mystery is solved. She & her husband are really into taking care of their martins & bluebirds and use justifiable means to dispose of the two species who harm their birds.

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    Donna in WI
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    Yes I have heard of this before. Blues will use martin housing sometimes.

    Donna in WI

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    Dale
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    Can you put a BB box as close as 10 foot from a martin house?

    Dale

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    tamsea
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    Darn….was late on this conversation.

    Tammy

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    dlibby
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    My very first bluebirds I ever had, Nested in my martin house with tree swallows on the back side. So they do nest in them if nothing else is available. That is what got me hooked on eastern bluebirds and I built 3 houses for them afterwards.

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    Dale
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    I have a bluebird box about 10’and 5′ below my martin house. I hope they can get along ok if not I will have to move the BB Box to another location closer to the tree line.

    Thanks

    Dale

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    David in Stafford,VA
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    Try to avoid getting closer to the tree line if possible. That makes the box more attractive to the wrens and house sparrows. Bring it off of the Martin house pole and a few feet away.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Dale
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    Thanks for the reply. I have the Bluebird box on another pole 5 foot high and about 12 foot away from the martin pole.

    Dale

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