The bluebird has laid at least two eggs now. I’m so excited. When I was looking a bird flew over my head very close. I’m guessing it was the bluebird. It won’t scare them away to know I was looking in their box, will it? I’ve got a sparrow spooker to put up but am having trouble figuring it out.
Carol, you need to get that spooker up PTONTO! That is, is you have HOSP around. No, the parents do not care about you being around the box – I try to only look inside after noon to see if a new egg has been laid. I do not touch anything inside, just open up the lid (I have a hinge on it) and peek in. My papa blue has really been faithful about watching the box and keeping other birds away, but that doesn’t mean he is there 24-7 hr. a day. Since we make our own spookers, I can’t guide you through the installation – only thing I know for sure is you need to have the mylar or whatever ribbons flying just barely above the roof of the box, enough that they will swing easily.
The wrens will be back shortly, so I will then install a wren guard for them. Good luck with your nest.
Thank you Carol. I haven’t seen a HOSP at all around here in years, but I’ll still put the sparrow spooker up. I have the base for the sparrow spooker on the nest box now. I’m not sure if the new sparrow spooker will work with what I already have. I’m going to email the man who sells them and ask him.