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  • #7925
    Sassy
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    Hi to all, today as I mentioned I saw my pair of Bluebirds out back as usual. I had removed the nest from the box after the Chickadee pierced the last egg. Well this afternoon my husband saw Mama going in and out of the box so I got up to look and she was carrying material in, so I do believe she is building a new nest. I am surprised this is happening so soon but thrilled just the same. I did not see the Chickadee today, so maybe it has settled down or flew away, I hope it is one or the other.
    It has turned very cold here again and we are getting snow tonight. Maybe the other eggs would not have made it through this cold spell.
    What have you decided to do about plugging the vent holes Carol in you nest box Carol.
    Connie

    #7926
    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Connie, I did cover up one side of the vents, the one on the north where we were getting horrible winds yesterday & before. Yes, we did have a hard freeze last night. I had to go out this morning & break ice in my bird bath – frozen all the way through.

    You may be right about your eggs not making it through this freeze – I am very worried about my 3 eggs, but I did what I could. Time will tell If she sat with them all night they might make up – only time will tell. Good luck with keeping that chickadee away!

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    blue diamondsblue diamonds
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    That’s good news Connie……a fast turnaround for sure. I’m surprised that they are nest building with the cold snap we are having. All my birds have been hiding out today, super windy and cold, low of 29 last night and light snow.

    Carol, I hope all your eggs make it. Do they stay in the box with the eggs on these cold nights, even though incubation has not started? Or do they assume the box will prevent them from freezing? Maybe the box is just enough protection to keep the temp above freezing. I hope so‼️ Covering the vent was a good idea, probably helped a lot, especially with the high winds.

    Happy Easter weekend to all,
    Judy-Michigan

    #7934
    DanaDana
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    Connie – happy to hear your bluebirds are trying to nest again. I hope the chickadees find or have found a new place to nest and let the bluebirds have some peace.

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    Sassy
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    Dana, thanks. I did not see the dees in a few days, then yesterday I saw one give a quick look in the box and move on. Today I saw two of them out back clinging to the post for the deck and climbing on the brick of the house. The BB house is close by so I hope this is not a bad sign.
    Connie

    #7949
    Sassy
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    Thanks Judy, they have a new home in the second box and I see them every day. I too hope they do not have problems with the dees again.
    No eggs in the nest but with this cold spell it is just as well.
    Good luck with the blues in your area.
    Connie

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    Dana, thanks. I did not see the dees in a few days, then yesterday I saw one give a quick look in the box and move on. Today I saw two of them out back clinging to the post for the deck and climbing on the brick of the house. The BB house is close by so I hope they do not damage any eggs once she lays them.
    Connie

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    DanaDana
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    Connie,
    I hope the dees leave your bluebirds alone. I would keep a close eye on the situation. One summer I saw a house wren enter my bluebirds nest box after they has completed a nest. I promptly went out and snuck up on the nest box while he was inside and hissed really loud. Scared the wren pretty good! I never seen him fly out so fast and he never came back that season either. You gotta do what you gotta do to protect those beautiful blues.

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Dana, I LOVE the hiss idea for a wren – I’ll remember that! Way to go.

    #7965
    DanaDana
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    Carol,
    Thanks! All I know is it worked. :coffeeHigh:

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