Finally… nest-building in New Hampshire!

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    I completely understand that this is not big news, as most on this board have fledglings in college by now, but things have been indescribably slow up north. A little activity gives one hope. Mama BB is building away, today, after only bringing three blades of grass into the box yesterday. Papa stands guard, dive bombs the chipmunks, and eats a lot. The other nest box, a Gilbertson about 70 yards away, has yet to be claimed, but it looks like a pair of black-capped chickadees has put a deposit down. It’s 85 degrees… time for all of my birds to start putting in some work!

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

    #3743
    Gusano
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    gratz Randy! I knew it would only be a matter of time for you with your setup! Don’t over monitor lol! I know its hard to resist the temptation!

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    dogsandbirds
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    Fledglings in college? Mine haven’t even been thought of yet!

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #3782
    DanaDana
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    Randy congratulations! :hoppingblue:

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    Sassy
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    Great news Randy, nothing here in Western PA yet. Congrats to you.
    Connie

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    Thank you, Dana and Connie! I am so invested in my bluebirds, I have to admit. I so want to see these fantastic birds succeed on my property, but I understand the risks. Currently, I am in Chicago on business, so I hope all is well when I return this coming weekend. I will keep you posted. Thank you, again!

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

    #3887
    tamsea
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    Mine just laid eggs in NW Ohio.

    Tammy

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    Lisa
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    Don’t you just hate having to leave down when the blues are nesting? I totally wasn’t thinking when I planned vacation next week. Hopefully all will go well and they will enjoy the break from my constant harassment.
    And I taught my very reluctant housekeeper how to do the mealworms. LOL.

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    Love my blues!
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    Congrats, Randy & Connie! Gin, I hope you get some activity soon. Lisa& Randy, hope all goes well when you’re away!

    Nicole

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    Thank you, Lisa and Nicole! My blues did fine while I was away, The nest is complete (it has been for over a week), and they guard it until about noon everyday, but mama has yet to lay a single egg. Rainy and chilly, so it’s obviously best that they continue to wait. My house finches are working overtime to keep their eggs warm. I keep a recessed flood light on over their hanging plant, to help them out.

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    Nevermind. Had not seen mama in the past day or so. Then I saw her sticking her head out of the box, this morning, so I checked after she left. Turned out, she had already laid two eggs. Sparrow spooker deployed.

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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    tamsea
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    Lisa, nice that you talked someone into giving mealworms when you’re away. I have no one. We asked our neighbor once when the babies were newborn and the temps were in the single digits but he’s a gruff elderly man and I can’t bring myself to ask him again.

    Tammy

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    You know, when we are gone I don’t have anyone to feed my blues either, but we are usually only gone 3 days at a time. I often worry about not having the worms available, but out in the real natural world, they have to fend for themselves. I don’t have to whistle much before they show up when I get back home & put out worms, and this is usually the first thing I do!

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    Lisa
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    Usually I wouldn’t worry but it’s a whole week with hopefully 5 newborns to feed! I’m sure they would be fine without me.
    Now I have to figure out when to get her to remove the wren guard. Hopefully hatching tomorrow so I can time it right.
    I got home tonight and my makeshift wren guard had fallen off and I scared mom to death trying to reattach as quietly as possible. Poor thing! I hated to fix it at night but I was terrified of an early morning wren attack.
    I’ve read 5-7 days after hatching to take down the guard. When does everyone take theirs down?
    Next nesting I will be prepared with something much better than my thrown together shoebox guard!

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Lisa, 5-7 days would be minimum after hatching. but some give it a couple more days. Yes, it is easier for parents to feed the larger birds without the guard. I use a homemade guard, made out of thin cedar wood and just screws onto the front of my box. Main thing is to have AT LEAST 2 1/2″ and now believe 3″ is better for the parents.

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