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    Dana
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    Hi all,
    It’s the 15th of April and I usually have a completed bluebird nest in my nestbox by now. This year I have not seen any sign of the bluebirds. I had them all winter at my mealworm feeder. Several weeks ago a female and 2 males were checking out the box. The males were fighting. It didn’t last long as they all flew off. I thought for sure when the temps warmed up to 70-75 degrees this past weekend I’d see a pair at the box. It’s the first time in the past 3-4 years I haven’t seen them or had a nest this time of year. I checked the nestbox out and all seems well with it. The old nest from last year I cleaned out last Fall. Just wondering what happened to them. Any ideas? It’s going to be a long spring/summer without them. I know it’s still kinda early but its just unusual I haven’t seen them or even a lone male around. This time of year they’re usually very active at the nest box.

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    It has been a strange year weather-wise and bluebirds also. Mine just completed a nest. No eggs as it is still cold. In prior years the first nest is usually done in late March and we have had eggs by this time. I think that the severe weather that we had during the late winter and continuing into spring have messed up the migrations/returning birds. I know I have not seen as many towhees, indigo buntings, or chickadees for that matter.

    Hang in there. If you spotted them before, they are probably just waiting for the weather to be a bit more consistent. Or something else! As has been mentioned before, the bluebirds don’t seem to have even read the rule book.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    blue diamonds
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    Dana…..that’s very strange the blues stayed for winter and now you are not seeing them. I think they like to keep us guessing. I hope they show up soon.

    David….I saw a female towhee yesterday, the chickadees are here all winter, but the indigo bunting I have only seen twice in my life! What a beautiful blue. The joy of bird watching.

    Happy birding,
    Judy-Michigan

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    David, most true (as I mention in my BB presentations) that the bluebirds do not seem to read the rule book!

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Thanks Judy and Carol. We usually have the buntings around for about a week or two and then they move on. The towhees come and go until end of May and seem to disappear. I haven’t seen chickadees in quite a while .. I don’t know where they went. I am planting a flower garden this year after about a 15 year hiatus. I am trying to build the hummers and butterfly presence.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    Dana
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    Dave and Carol… So true about them not following the rule book. (chuckles)

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

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