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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    This morning I went out to dispose of my HOSP catch and heard a wren chirping away – all I need when my blues don’t really have a box claimed or nest yet. GEEZE …..

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    Dana
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    Carol,
    Here’s an idea to deal with them pesky birds… :shoot9:

    I’m kidding of course but as a bluebird fan myself I feel for ya.

    #6260
    dogsandbirds
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    The last thing I need to get started with is house wrens. I have a hate/hate relationship with the little thugs.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    tamsea
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    I’ve had them start to nest at my house but for some reason were discouraged and left. :) But a friend of mine had her first bluebird pair that nested in her yard and she was so excited. A wren came in and took out every egg. This year she has a new nest of 5 eggs and a wren guard on it. I’m walking her through it and her and her husband are hooked … big time. Love it.

    Tammy

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Way to go, Tammy – makes you feel good to give some help & advise to someone and get them hooked, doesn’t it?

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    dogsandbirds
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    House Wrens. Ugh. This year I somehow got a white egg laying female. Yesterday a HOWR killed her first two eggs. All the usual precautions were taken. He hasn’t even bothered to start with the sticks.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    David in Stafford,VA
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    It’s sad to see the damage these little monsters can do. Try to trap and relocate the bird.
    Good luck Gin.
    David

    David
    Stafford, VA

    #6318
    dogsandbirds
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    David, trapping and relocating are futile in my opinion. They would just beat me back home most likely. Have you had any kind of success with that?

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #6319
    David in Stafford,VA
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    No Gin, I haven’t yet. The only instance of HOWR interference I have dealt with I posted in another thread where wrens tried to build a nest over bb eggs that they had punctured I took the box down to clean out the egg mess and put the box back up – but they never returned. Effective, but I don’t think that I should have interfered with the nest. It has not happened again. I believe some of that may be due to some clearing of the brush and shrubs that used to be in the wooded area behind the bb nest box. I have been clearing that area for about 2 years and pushing the undergrowth further away from the bluebird nestbox.
    David

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Lisa
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    Last year I lost a nest to howr. This year with my first brood I was so preoccupied with my dog having cancer that i didn’t get around to the wren guard. All fledged fine. Now I have second nest with 4 eggs and wonder if it’s too late to put the guard up or if I even need to.. Papa blue is super stealth and aggressive and bombs me if I even get close to the house.

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    tamsea
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    I trapped and relocated house wrens at my friends house and the next day she had another pair. Sorry, Gin!! How awful!!
    Carol, yes it feels amazing. And now she’s obsessed.

    Tammy

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    tamsea
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    I trapped and relocated house wrens at my friends house and the next day she had another pair. Sorry, Gin!! How awful!!
    Carol, yes it feels amazing. And now she’s obsessed.

    Tammy

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