After successfully trapping 2/M and 1/F HOSP, my Blues are starting to build in my Gilbertson box. This is the first time in 3 years that they have even shown an interest in this box despite being diligent on keeping out HOSP’s. I did have a BCCH nest two years ago but zero interest from the Blues. This fall I trimmed the bushes back significantly from around the Gilbertson. I think the Blues were avoiding this box due to the overgrowth near by and fear of predators. Anyway, they have been going in and out all day since yesterday so hopefully I will have a complete nest soon. I believe this was the Male who has been singing around the yard for about a week looking for a lady. I guess he found one!!
That’s awesome Rich! Congrats! I think you are right about trimming the bushes back. I’m sure that made it more appealing for the bluebirds since they like open spaces. My bluebirds are still in the process of nest building. I’m hoping by this weekend they’ll start egg laying. We will see.
Yes, I have 3 Gilwood (wooden) boxes and one Audubon Society box (given to me by a good friend). My blues have always used the Gilwoods except this year they decided to build in this Audubon box. I have built two new Gilwood boxes with slightly larger floor area – the originals were somewhat small I found. Most of my older original boxes were 16 square inches and specs on the Gilwood are 14.875 square inches (3.5 x 4.25 inches) My newer boxes we have modified to now be 15.93 square inches, not much difference but enough to help when there are 5 babies.
Rich, do you have eggs yet? Hope so – good luck with this nesting.