March 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm #3347
Thank you for the welcome. I guess I am just overly anxious to see those beauties return. I know the ones I had last year were not here in March, but then I did not have a box up till later. In fact there were 4 eggs and all hatched, and then Mama disappeared and Papa took care of them all by his lonesome, he was one busy guy. I saw one fledge on June 30, and since we had to leave for company arriving at our cabin, I never did see the others fledge :-( but when I returned they were all gone. My boxes are no where near 300 feet apart, so maybe I better get my husband to move the second one. It is more like 75 feet from the original on an acre of land, but I wanted to be able to sit on my patio and watch them both, guess I will have to ditch that plan.
ConnieMarch 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm #3348
Thank you also for the welcome. Like I told Tammy, I guess I am just overly anxious to see them return. I thought I might be on the lookout too early until I saw the pair a few weeks ago during one of our warm spells and a few flying down at the farm about a mile from our house, then the bitterly cold returned and nothing since.
I will have my husband move one of the boxes and I am green with envy that you have them around all winter long. We have had robins but I have never seen a bluebird during the winter months, maybe that will happen here too since I have boxes now. Keeping my fingers crossed. Hope you are getting some rest now and that the party birds have settled down.
ConnieMarch 25, 2017 at 10:44 pm #3351nhhawk6Participant
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Connie, I think we all get a little anxious at this time of year, especially when the weather throws the BB off. It snowed again, today, here in NH. Only a handful of BB hung out at the feeding station, and only one of my nest boxes was drawing any interest. Frustrating. I did have a brief conversation with the red-bellied woodpeckers, revisited the nest box homeowners association rules, and we’re all good, now. :)
Bedford, New HampshireMarch 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm #3366
Connie,I have run across a few people who have had bluebirds nest closer than 300 ft but it is not the norm at all. You could try it. I bet you could get tree swallows. Is there water nearby? Tree swallows will nest close to bluebirds. Chickadees would be fun too.
TammyMarch 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm #3382
I do have water near by, a river down over the hill side and my own water fountains and birdbaths. I have had chickadees in another box and wrens in others on the property, but so far no Tree Swallows. Of course my heart is set on bluebirds but I will have to settle for what decides to take up residence. I hope at least one box get the BB’s.
ConnieMarch 28, 2017 at 8:10 pm #3391
I know everyone that loves these birds and looks forward to them taking up residence in their back yard or along the trail they are monitoring are anxious to see them return.
Glad you got those loud red bellied tenants to re-read the rules and they have stepped into line. Peace again on the home front.
ConnieMarch 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm #3397nhhawk6Participant
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Thanks, Connie. I’m rather grumpy about all of this, right now, as everything is headed in the “wrong direction” around here. My flock has officially gone their separate ways, and I am left with but one nesting pair on the property. They hang around, basically doing nothing. They got around to choosing one of the two nest boxes, but are building nothing, at present. Understandable, I guess, because the weather absolutely stinks. Rainy and cold, and even some snow still on the ground. I am going to stop worrying about all of this for a few days, so as not to lapse into a bout of “full-on” depression… The woodpeckers can sense my displeasure, and are toeing the company line, for now.
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Bedford, New HampshireMarch 29, 2017 at 11:41 am #3407
HOLY CRAP ANOTHER ONTARIO GIRL!!! :) HI BRENDA!!!
where are you at I’m in Brantford!!!March 29, 2017 at 11:43 am #3408
I’m not sure if anyone will remember me.. I was here a few years back after Catching the bluebird fever. I’m in Ontario Canada.
Tammy…. COURTNEY is back :)
How is everyone?
I’ve taken back to the blues and TRES … and am currently working on some HOSP control. its beautiful and springy (finally) here in ontario and I’m looking forward to the blues !March 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm #3412dogsandbirdsModerator
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Courtney! How you doing girlfriend?
Atlanta, GAMarch 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm #3423
HEY I’m good!
On a sparrow hunt… hoping that I can get create some safe space for my blues !
glad to be back holy changes!!! :)April 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm #3443
Hi Courtney. I knew that was you! I know, regarding the changes. The other forum was costing us (remember the unwanted ads?) so Cher switched to here. It’s a little clunky but it works. And a few followed us over. Some got lost in the transition. But we were kind of slow even before we moved. Glad you are here.
TammyApril 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm #3447
I can understand your grumpiness, but at least you have one pair that seems to be hanging in there. Maybe the others will return when the weather improves. It has been pretty miserable here too, we had a terrific thunder/lightening storm Thursday evening and it has been pretty chilly and overcast. Maybe that is the same storm that is hitting your area now, only in the white form. We are still dropping down into the 30’s at night. I am hoping that our BB’s show up soon.
Glad to hear the woodpeckers are behaving themselves.
ConnieApril 8, 2017 at 11:46 am #3492MelParticipant
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Hi, I’m new here.
I just posted a thread about an aggressive pair of bluebird tenants.
While I anxiously wait for replies I thought I’d introduce myself and talk a bit about my birding experience. (I’m not a writer)
I recently moved from a home surrounded by trees to a home surrounded by open field.
Both homes in Northern Louisiana, z8b.
At my first home I never had any luck with bird houses, all I got was HOSP, so I took them down and just stuck to seed feeding, and corn for the squirrels. I made my own mix white millet, BOSS, and thistle, and I used squirrel proof feeders. I saw Black Cap Chickadees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Titmice, Robins, HOSP, Goldfinch, Morning Doves, Downy Woodpecker, and my favorite House Finch (they have a beautiful song). I also had tons of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds… LOTS!
At my new home I’m seeing totally different birds. Bluebirds, Meadow Lark, Field Sparrow, Red Tail Hawk, Black Cap Chickadee, and Purple Martins. A few hummingbirds. That’s what I’ve identified so far. Man, those Martins are delightful to watch fly- they have a sickle shape that they cut the air with, and they maneuver like fighter jets, and when a few of them fly together they look like a mean strike force.
I’ve been having a great time watching and learning about my new species and habitat.
I gave my squirrel proof feeders and squirrel corn feeder to my MIL. All I was attracting with seed at my new location was red wing black birds, and field sparrows. Now I have meal worm feeders and bluebird houses. And I kept the hummingbird feeders.
The bluebirds were beating down my windows, my husband and I have several phone videos, all a few minutes long, close-ups, of a bluebird attacking his reflection in the window, his lady close by watching. He was not scared of the humans, dog, and cats watching on the other side of the glass. And he looked so mad, actually I’ve noticed that BBs just kinda look angry (I use my husbands old riffle scopes to peep at the birds). After that we went out and bought appropriate bluebird houses. I can’t believe how easy it was to get desired birds nesting in both, instant gratification! But now I’m experiencing sadness… I think my BBs are killing my BCCH.
It’s all very exciting!!
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Welcome Mel. I live with farm fields on 2 sides of me too and have a pond so like you my birds are slightly different than other peoples backyard birds. Welcome here!
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