June 7, 2016 at 9:54 am #2275
Well, this morning I went to check to see if egg#2 had been laid only to discover NO eggs in the nest at all. There is a small wet spot that looks like the egg was broken in the nest. No sign at all of shells outside the nest. Momma was sitting on the wire and Daddy singing near by. It appears that the outside of the box (I have a Gilbertsons pictured in my Avatar) may be damaged slightly. and wonder if a possum or squirrel may have shinnied up the pole as there are some scratch marks around the entrance hole. Doesn’t appear to be the work of HOSP or HOWR I need to wax the pole today but I wonder – will they try to lay more eggs – or abandon now. I feel sick :'(
June 7, 2016 at 10:51 am #2277
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Well on further investigation it is evident that this is the work of HOSP’s. I am SOOOOO mad at myself for not putting the spooker up after egg #1. The past 2 clutches I have waited until all the eggs were laid for fear they would abandon. I’m a complete and utter idiot and feel physically ill right now :(
I am praying they lay another egg in the morning and the spooker will go right up. Now I will be sitting in the bush with my pellet gun just waiting for those little brown b@@tards to show up and fill them with lead. UGHHHHHHH…
June 8, 2016 at 3:48 am #2283Love my blues!Participant
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Oh, Rich. So sorry! Experience is how we learn these things. Really hope they give it another go. Don’t think you’ll have a problem with them accepting the spooker after 1st egg. My female hasn’t had a problem with it. Took the male a little longer. Wish HOSP had been left in Europe where they originated!
NicoleJune 8, 2016 at 8:23 am #2284
Still no egg at 8 AM BUT Mama blue was sitting on the wire directly over the box. Praying she lays this morning.
June 8, 2016 at 9:57 am #2285
UPDATE: While cleaning out a Wren box of sticks I noticed a male HOSP hanging around. Not a normal haunt in a wooded area. I’m convinced he was the culprit. I say WAS because I happened to have my trusty pellet gun near by and sent him to meet his maker. Still waiting until 11 AM EST to check the box. Fingers and toes crossed.June 8, 2016 at 10:48 am #2289
No egg as of 10:45 :(
Hopefully tomorrow – but I fear this nesting has been abandoned.June 9, 2016 at 8:46 am #2297The Original Bluebird NutAdmi-nut-strator
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Very disappointing, indeed! Don’t beat yourself up, though – just learn from the experience and move on. If the birds don’t come back soon, you may want to clean out the nestbox. They may come back for a subsequent nesting. In the meantime, you should baffle that post just in case it wasn’t a HOSP, but another kind of predator. If there was visible damage on the box, a HOSP wouldn’t have caused that. In any case, getting rid of the HOSP was a good thing!
TMB StudiosJune 9, 2016 at 11:01 am #2304Donna in WIParticipant
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Yep, I agree with Gin, get a baffle on that pole, no need to worry if it is waxed enough if you just add a piece of stovepipe. A coon could easily climb up that.
Hope your Blues decide to nest again!
Donna in WIJune 9, 2016 at 11:09 am #2305
No egg today so I removed the nest. They are still hanging around so I hope they decide to build again. If not – lesson learned!!June 10, 2016 at 6:25 am #2309dogsandbirdsModerator
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I would have been very surprised if she laid another egg unless she absolutely had to. Disappearing eggs tend to upset them to the point that they will abandon the site and try elsewhere. So sorry! I would baffle the pole if you haven’t already done so and hope for another taker.
Atlanta, GAJune 10, 2016 at 10:02 am #2315
Thanks Gin. The good news is the pair are still very active in the yard. This morning the juvenile male from the first clutch was on top of the box. There are currently 2 females and a male as well as the juvy. Let’s hope they pair up and pick a box. I did find strands of grass in my slot box this morning so I am hopeful of a second clutch. Either way all precautions will be taken!! Learning the hard way!June 10, 2016 at 11:58 am #2319
Was the nest messed up at all when you saw that the eggs had disappeared? A raccoon can be up that pole in an instant. Please baffle it. Look up at the topics at the top of the page for an easy way to baffle your box.
TammyJune 10, 2016 at 11:59 am #2320
Never mind, I guess it isn’t pinned to the top anymore. Bummer!! I’ll try to give you a link.
TammyJune 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm #2321
This contains directions on making a baffle. http://bluebirdnutcafe.yuku.com/topic/5934/How-I-install-a-nest-box#.V1rkGvkrKUk
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