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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    While I don’t have any photos (as they surprised me this morning) I had a pair of bluebirds going in and out of the nestbox like they were getting ready to build a nest. It is still cold here and I had not cleaned the box from the winter roosting. I did take the nestbox down and clean it. I will put it up again when it dries out, hopefully next week and see if they return. I guess the new season is about to begin. :bluesinbox:

    David
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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Wow, David – would be early if they actually built a nest, wouldn’t it? I know they are out there scouting but sure hope there is no actual nest building here for at least 5 or 6 weeks – we are still having snow, ice and LOTS of rain here in mid-Missouri. I’ve seen my pair & one extra male from last clutch about two times a day all winter – they love my peanut butter suet. But everyone is sure ready for spring – we’d had one of the worst winters in lots of years here. I believe the count is 7 snows already and possibly more on the way.

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    I don’t believe that we are through with the snow and cold rains either. Some of that new snow that you are getting is headed our way during the week so the birds will probably stay in the pines and hollies for a while.

    David
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    It sure is early David, not hide nor hair or feather for that matter of a BB. I have been thinking about them returning but it is still a bit too early for Western PA. I am ready when they are. I have seen a woodpecker using the one box from time to time, but it leaves nothing in there. Our weather is horrendous too, snow, ice, sleet, rain and terrific winds this afternoon and tonight, continuing right into most of tomorrow. Hopefully we have seen the worst of winter and things will start to improve soon. My snowdrops are showing their buds. I am so looking forward to song birds in the AM.

    Connie (PA)

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    I don’t know which birds were using the box but when I cleaned it I found tree leaf buds and what appeared to be rape seed like that found in some of the store-bought bags of birdseed. I don’t believe that the blues eat that seed.
    The high winds continue here – some predicted to be in the 50-60 mph gusts this afternoon. I am just going to stay inside and stay warm.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Hope you didn’t get blown away down there David, that wind sure was wicked in this neck of the woods. Of course the bluebirds are not going to show up in weather like this, even though I did see a big flock of seagulls flying over and landing in the Walmart parking lot last Wed. and a big flock of Canadian Geese in a field Friday evening and tonight the Geese were on the river, so Spring can’t be too far off. I have a feeling you may have some Chickadee’s roosting in your BB box. I have seen them lately going in and out of the box during the day. It has been snowing here all afternoon, we have about 3 inches on the ground and still coming down. I am hoping Ole Man Winter runs out of steam soon.
    Keep warm.

    Connie (PA)

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    Lisa
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    Mine have completed their nest but no egg yet. I looked and last year march 5th was the first egg.

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Wow, Lisa – nest already – I forgot where you live – must be a southern/warm state. I never have any eggs until April & last year it was May (only because they had built in a neighbor’s tree cavity the first nest). Yes, winds/storms are definitely here & most of Mid-west (& other places).

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    Wow Lisa, a nest already. I saw my first pair of BB’s last Sunday about a half mile down the road but none around the boxes here as far as I know. I have been trying to keep as close an eye as possible but you know how that goes. I am hearing and seeing Robins so that is a good sign Spring is not too far off. We hit 59 degrees here today and tomorrow is going to be warmer, but the weekend brings dropping temps again. Well, it is still March and Old Man Winter likes to hang on, but I am thoroughly enjoying the light later in the evenings since the time change.

    Connie (PA)

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    Lisa
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    5 eggs as of Friday! They start early here but never overwinter. It’s strange!

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    Amazing Lisa but late compared to the date last year. I have seen a pair of BB’s checking out one or both boxes every day this week, but I don’t know if it is the same pair or a different pair each time. None of them seem interested in staying. It is early for here, we are getting some warmer days but the nights are awfully chilly and we may get some snow again this coming Friday. I get so excited when I see them and keep hoping one of the pairs will stay, but so far no luck. I know to be patient but it’s hard when you see them and then they are gone. Oh well, all in good time. I forget what state you are in Lisa, could you refresh my memory.
    Connie (PA)

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    Lisa
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    I’m in coastal Alabama….I just wonder where they go in the winter????

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Congratulations on the nest and eggs Lisa. Like Connie, my pair hop on, in and out of the box but have not started a nest. It is still rainy and cold here. Maybe next week (or month)

    David
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    Sassy
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    Well since the beginning of the week I have not seen another BB. I checked back on my notes from 2017 and 2018 and the nest building started 5/23/ and 5/27 so I guess I was expecting too much too soon. Plenty of time left. In saying that, my friend in a town 20 miles east of me was given two new BB boxes by her aunt and both have BB’s so it is kind of hard of figure. I will just keep a watch and hope I see a pair show up and stay before too long.
    How are things going down your way David, any luck with your pair? Weather has not been too good, we had snow yesterday and wind, and it was chilly here again today, some improvement in temps tomorrow with showers later in the day.
    How is everyone else doing?
    Connie (PA)

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    Lisa
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    We have been nice and warm. They should have hatched today but I was too busy with work to check. Excited to go out in the morning and see babies! Fingers crossed!
    :bluebird6:

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