My small dog and Bbirds?

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    Dene
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    We have a nest box and this is the 3rd yr and 1st time having Bbirds bring in nesting stuff. We discovered we had a wasp nest in and took it out so now wondering about my dog who is small but loves being outside and barks at any thing. She has been outside a lot for the last few nice days and early this morning while in the house I noticed for the 1st time the birds nesting in the box. My question is will the birds stop coming with her out there in the yard? I hate to restrict her to the house if possible to not do so while the weather here in TX is still permissable.
    We had always for years had Black Matins but had to quit because of the d—- sparrows getting so bad and we got tired of killing the terrorist (as my husband calls them) but we have moved since and put up these Bbird houses and hoping because they are not as high up we can help them easier and so far this area doesn’t seem to have as many Sparrows here, but wondering about my sweet barky dog now maybe keeping them away forever?
    Thanks for any help.
    Dene

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    Lisa
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    I have a huge Old English Sheepdog and a happy Yorkie and the blues aren’t bothered by them at all! Dad doesn’t even bomb them like he does the squirrels…

    #3728
    Love my blues!
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    When my blues were nesting in the courtyard where my dog often goes, they were not at all fazed by his presence. Wish you the best with your bluebirds!

    Nicole

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    Dene
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    Thank you for your replies.
    I have another issue, yesterday both male and female were in and out of box building a nest and when we looked inside it was a very nice nest in process, but after I seen both this morning on the top of house then leaving and hadn’t come back all day that I could see, I opened the box a few minutes ago and seen a wasp had started a small nest hanging inside on the top of the box and I removed it but now afraid that the birds have moved on. Has anyone ever had this issue and what is the results? Should I just take out the nest and cap the door and wait to try again next year? I feel so bad I didn’t catch this sooner.
    Thanks
    Dene

    #3763
    Lisa
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    I think you should be fine if you took the wasp nest down. I feel like they will be back! I would leave the nest until you’re sure they’ve moved on.

    #3764
    Love my blues!
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    Take a bar of soap & rub it across inside of top of box & maybe along back wall. Those wasps won’t be back. Make sure nest hasn’t been affected & just watch & see. Hopefully, they’ll be back.

    Nicole

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    Dene
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    Thank You All, they have come back, just seem to be visiting off and on. I guess this is normal (visiting)

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