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  • #4191
    dogsandbirds
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    Sparky, you can take out the nest but please evaluate where and how your box is mounted. It could have been a snake attack or an avian predator like a house wren.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Sparky
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    Carol, thank you for the welcome and reply. We did not have a baffle, but my husband put one on this morning and cleaned out the box. Praying they build another nest!

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    Sparky
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    Gin, our box is in a good spot. We’ve had success with it there until this week. We do have wrens nearby so it was most likely a wren or snake. Thanks.

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    Cardon
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    Hi my name is Cardon and I am very new to bluebirding. I live in Northwestern NJ on the border of Morris and
    Sussex Counties.

    Looking for a forum where I can get information needed to properly managing nesting Bluebirds.

    Thanks!

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    nhhawk6nhhawk6
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    Welcome, Cardon! You have come to the right place. Lots of friendly and smart people, here, to help you along the way. You’ll do great!

    Randy
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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    tamseatamsea
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    Welcome, Cardon. Glad to have you here.

    Tammy

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    pat
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    Pat Here. We live in Havre de Grace MD and have hosted blue bird families for 3 years in our back yard. This year my heart has been broken twice. The first tragedy I understand. The second one ( this evening) has thrown me. What is the best thread to use to see if anyone has a similar experience and can help me understand…

    #5193
    dogsandbirds
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    Sorry you have troubles. Near the top of the page where all of the threads are there is a “Create a New Topic” button.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    dogsandbirds
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    #5332
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    My bluebird addiction began in 2012 when a pair found our box that sits within easy watching distance from inside our house. In these 7 years we have experienced both the joys and heartbreak of hosting beautiful blues. So many stories and photographs later, the bluebirds need only share their little song to brighten my day.

    Not one of these 7 years has been just like another; bluebirds continue to surprise me. And they have taught me so much. This year I am watching two boxes besides the one at our home: one at our next door neighbor’s and one at my daughter’s home a couple miles away. I have also connected with volunteers from Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project.
    prescottbluebird.com

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    #5336
    dogsandbirds
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    Sounds like fun, Cari! Enjoy your western blues.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    tamseatamsea
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    Welcome, Cari.

    Tammy

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    Chris
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    Hello fellow Bluebirders!! Glad I found this forum, it is great and nice to be amongst othes who “get it”!
    Blues first found me in 2007. That first pair returned annually until 2014.Then I learned how to keep them as residents, year round. What a joy they were. Until then I was neivlly ignorant about Hosp. Ironically 2017 was first time the pair attempted a third brood. Just before fledging they were ALL killed in their nest. Hosp had built a new nest, on the dead family. Accurate descriptions of that experience are indescribable. I immediately educated myself immensely.
    So I subsequently wound up on a crusade to educate EVERYONE who owns a nest box. Which led me here! I really dont feel that the Hosp information is adequately and readily available. It should come WITH every nest box and all Bluebird food.
    Nevertheless my bbird efforts have morphed into nearly a full time job in and of itself! It is a lot of work, with no days off, but well worth the effort! I have been able to keep more than 2 dozen blues all winter, in western NY, long for several years. And are now up to three matting pairs.
    I am still plagued with Hosp but they are in check and I have the upper hand!
    So I am here to learn, help share my experiences, but mostly drive home the point about dealing with Hosp BEFORE a Bluebird tragedy has to be the inspiration for motivation.

    Chris
    Rochester, NY

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    dogsandbirds
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    Welcome, Chris, and you are so right about the HOSP. I took my 28 year old son to Wild Birds Sunday afternoon to equip him with a feeder, seed, and hanging hardware for his own house. The store owner still hasn’t learned anything about the dangers of HOSP (he’s owned the store for years) and is basically a stone wall about it. Needless to say, I picked a seed mix for my kid with NO WHITE MILLET and explained to him WHY. The kid said he’s not hosting nesting birds right now but doesn’t want to feed the invaders.

    So sorry you had to experience what you did but…you learned from it and took steps. Good! I look forward to hearing about your season this year.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Welcome Chris – sure glad you found this forum. I am just a participant member of about 11 years now but just like you, I learned about HOSP quite soon. I, too, try to educate people about the dangers but have learned that you just have to accept the fact that some people will not understand. However, I have done around 25 or 30 Bluebird presentations to different groups and clubs and a few open to the public, and I can honestly say that I did get the attention of quite a few people about the HOSP dangers and particularly I can name about 5 or 6 locals that now practice HOSP control & probably more I’m not aware of. I have been quite fortunate myself and have only lost blues from house wrens (native birds of course) and just have to fight off/capture the HOSP.
    Looking forward to the new season – my blues have been here all winter (they love my peanut butter suet and now have live meal worms for them). Don’t forget when you want to post from now on to start a new thread directly and not on this introduction page.

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