Nest building 10 days after fledge?

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    Lisa
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    I couldn’t believe my eyes today when I saw a new nest going in 10 days after fledge. Both parents are still taking mealworms high up in the trees but I can’t help but worry that it’s too soon. (And late, it gets really hot here in coastal Alabama!)
    Now where did I put that wren guard?????

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    You have got me thinking, now, Lisa. I have been planning for a quick turnaround of my nest box, because my pair seems as if they will tend to their fledglings (due on Monday) for about a week, and then begin building a new nest. In fact, I am almost certain that is what they will attempt to do. I wonder if I should slow them down a bit by not replacing the box right away? My main concern is the resident Cooper’s Hawk, who has tried to eat papa blue twice in the past two weeks. I know he is eyeing the box, and the soon-to-be new fledglings that emerge from it…

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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    Lisa
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    I know one poster here told me that she closes hers for 2 weeks, I believe. But we have a time crunch due to heat. I’m adding calcium to the mealworms.
    And today I saw the most amazing thing as Dad brought his little flock of babies down to the mealworm feeder!!!! None of them figured it out though. It was comical. They just stood ob branches waiting for their handout.
    That must be really terrifying to have a hawk eyeing your blues! I would be a nervous wreck!

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    Lisa
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    I always thought it was at least 2 weeks e they built again unless a failed nest. They didn’t read Sialis.org!

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    Must have been a wonderful sight to see them with dad at the feeder! I won’t put any mealworms out, because of the hawk. He literally circled overhead all day, today, so I don’t want to encourage my blues to congregate in one spot, once they fledge. I am hoping for the best, but I also understand the risks, living where I do. This Cooper’s Hawk is the best hunter I have ever seen. Would not be surprised if papa blue “leaves town” with the kids, to get away from this guy. There are countless nests on the property, so I know the hawk will not chase after the blues, if they leave.

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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    Lisa
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    Praying they do OK! And I thought snakes were the worst! It’s always something!

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Lisa, in my Bluebird Presentation programs I do mention “Now this is normal, but you know they don’t read the rules!”

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Lisa- like Carol said “They don’t read (or follow) the rules.” I found a full nest in my nestbox, perfect cup et.al., ready for the next eggs. I believe that the female will start laying tomorrow. It has been 11 days since the first group fledged, so this is about right (according to Carol’s Program).

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Lisa
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    My nest looks super ready. I would be shocked if there was not an egg tomorrow. Their first nest was so skimpy, maybe twenty pieces of pine straw/

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    Lisa
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    This is the first year I’ve ever had the joy of having them stick around after fledge!!!Blues everywhere! I really get how awesome it is now watching them flock around together!

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    Lisa
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    Chickened out and put up wren guard before egg….

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    dogsandbirds
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    Is she still going in and out?

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Lisa
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    No, Gin. So stood on the guard with a mouth full of pine straw and gave up. I don’t’ get it! She should be used to it?

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    dogsandbirds
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    She should be used to it but maybe she thinks it’s too hard to get in there with straw. Boo! Guess you have to remove it for a few more days. Bird brains! Nothing is guaranteed.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Lisa
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    Did exactly that and she is in and out again today. It makes no sense. Definite bird brains!

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