Bluebird or HOSP nest?? NEED OPINIONS!

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    I always get a little confused on this – my blues have switched to scouting this Gilwood box as opposed to the one closer to the house which I had posted pic of about a week ago. This box is a lot farther away so I don’t always see what is going on, but I have seem them at it several times. I first thought it was a HOSP nest, as they are definitely around also, but I thought it looked a little too neat for HOSP – need opinions here so I can take it out if HOSP is the most likely. All the other HOSP nests I have removed (after trapping) were a lot more messy than this one. Use the view zoom feature to see closer.
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    BrendaV
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    Ya…that ones hard. HOSP is not my first thought…but also not outside the realm of possibility…give it a bit more time before pulling it. I lean towards a blue though as that looks to fine and ‘nice’ for a HOSP. (but I have been tricked before…)

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    The Original Bluebird Nut
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    Really too soon to tell. Give it a bit more time. You will eventually see who’s going in and out. If it does turn out to be a HOSP, you can use the Van Ert on the box to catch him before removing the nest.


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    Bobs Farm
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    Carol,

    Any updates on the nest situation. You have peeked my interest to see what it is.

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Nothing really new – we have had a very cold spell the past two days so not much bird activity. When I checked about 2 days ago, the nesting material was the same. I do see my pair of blues around this box, but then I also see them on 2 others, also. This is a fairly new pair, only 3rd year I believe for them. They have a habit of building about 2 or 3 nests before choosing which one to lay eggs in, which means they have only had 2 broods a year. My previous pair I had 6 years ALWAYS had 3 broods, and just built one nest at a time. I’d like to teach this pair to read the rules on nesting!!! I have trapped about 4 HOSP at a different box, and have them claiming one box right now, but I am waiting for a new female to show up before I set trap again. At least, that’s what I actually see, but then these birds are very sneaky!

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