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  • in reply to: Nestlings gone #8330
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    Hi Julie! Nice to hear from another Pennsylvanian! I just love bluebirds and so happy another pair is using my nest box. They are in the nest building stage right now. I totally agree this Spring was horrible and I blame the cold spells for the loss of the 1st brood. Now that summer is in full swing I am hopeful for this pair. Thanks again for replying!

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Papa Blue vs. the Sparrow #8277
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    Julie that is so cool about the male bluebird and how he dealt with the HOSP! :wow: Sometimes I wish all bluebirds dealt with HOSPs that way.

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    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Nestlings gone #8276
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    Thanks all so much for your replies. They haven’t come back. I keep watching for them to show up. I’m hoping a new pair will find my nest box and use it, perhaps for a 2nd brood. It’s still early enough in the season.

    Philly: Your absolutely right about it being cold here for May. In fact the morning I found the bluebird chicks dead, that night there was a freeze and the temps went down to the lower 30s. And a few days before that we had unseasonably cold windy days. I miss the heck out of the bluebirds right now.

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    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Eggs not hatching #8185
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    Carol- I’m glad I waited. They hatched this morning!! :woohoo: :cow2: :hoppingblue:

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    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Eggs not hatching #8176
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    Hi Carol – Yes the mama is still incubating them. But I have also noticed the male seem to sense something amiss with the eggs. He constantly is checking inside the box, more than usual, going in and out even though none of the eggs have hatched. This morning all 5 eggs were still in the nest. Then in this afternoon I saw mama blue take out one of the eggs with her beak as the male watched from on top of the nest box. It appears one of them either broke or cracked open. Obviously there was nothing inside the egg that was viable since she took the egg out with her beak and flew off with it. You could see it was split open. I was thinking she was going to come back and take out the rest of the eggs but she has left the other 4 eggs in the nest and still is incubating them. I’m not sure at this point what to do other then keep a watchful eye on things like their behavior for clues. I’ve been checking the nest at least once daily now. Thankfully this bluebird pair doesn’t seem to mind.

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    in reply to: 5 new blues in the sky! #8167
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    Congrats!!! :hoppingblue:

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    in reply to: First Egg of the Season!!! #8067
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    Awesome news Rich!! :hoppingblue: I love this time of year when bluebird season is revving up!

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: New Baby Blues today! #8065
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    Yeah!! Congrats Carol on the new baby blues! :woohoo: :hoppingblue:

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: New nest #7966
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    Connie,
    Wow bears! We don’t have them in this part of Pennsylvania thankfully. I hope and pray they don’t mess with your bluebirds. From what I have heard they can completely destroy a nest box. It’s good to hear the bluebirds are trying again however. Best of luck this time.

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Uplifting news #7965
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    Carol,
    Thanks! All I know is it worked. :coffeeHigh:

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: 6 BB eggs! #7964
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    Hi Chris,
    In the years I have hosted bluebirds I can honestly say I have never been lucky enough to have had more than 5 eggs in a nesting. I think 6 eggs is more the norm for mountain bluebirds which are located out west, although it’s probably not unheard for the eastern bluebirds. Sounds like you have a very fertile female, providing they all hatch. That’s awesome! Congrats!

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Bluebird with bad wing #7963
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    Carol,
    So sad to hear this. I tried looking up rehabbers for Missouri and found this page of conservation regional offices https://mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/regional-offices. However I don’t know whether they are open or not due to the covid-19 outbreak. I’m hoping this info helps some.

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Uplifting news #7955
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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.

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: Building in the Gilbertson Box #7954
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    That’s awesome Rich! Congrats! I think you are right about trimming the bushes back. I’m sure that made it more appealing for the bluebirds since they like open spaces. My bluebirds are still in the process of nest building. I’m hoping by this weekend they’ll start egg laying. We will see.

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

    in reply to: They're back ! #7953
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    Carol that is wonderful news! Congrats! :woohoo:

    Dana
    Lancaster, PA

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