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  • in reply to: early fledging risks? #8354
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Thank you, Carol. My observations have led me to believe the early fledger might be okay. With the rainy weather, I returned a few times in the days before the others fledged and heard one nearby. At one point I watched the Papa Blue fly to a small apple tree and he appeared to be picking up something from the ground and flying into the tree several times

    My question is whether anyone has observed the later fledges to be neglected in favor of the early fledge because my observations today make me uncertain there is more than one.

    Yes, I have one box near our house with 6 and there is another box at the same neighbor’s back field with 6. I suppose one reason I was not more concerned about early fledging with the “new” box is that the other two are younger.

    And you are right. I could have plugged that hole and given the nestlings time to settle since it appears the fledging probably happened after we left. Chances are that would have worked.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Can blow fly larvae kill nestlings? #7614
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    Following advice on a bluebird facebook site, we placed Diatomaceous Earth about an inch under the nest cup after the first egg was laid in Mama Blue’s second clutch. I hope that works because now Mama Blue’s second nest has six hatchlings. I will likely check these more often, but hope I will not need to intervene. From what I have read, if an infestation is severe, it might be necessary to give the bluebirds a new nest. But this box has been used every year since 2012 and this is the first year this happened, so I would like to think it will never happen again.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Anyone else feel this way? #7447
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Yep. This is probably what I dislike most about hosting bluebirds. But I figure it is the price I must pay. It helps if I remember the time I saw a male enter our bluebird house and was already sticking his head out the door as I ran to the door and across the rain wet lawn to chase him away. It was already to late; he had started the destruction and would return to finish it. That experience will get me through a lot of HOSP dispatching.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Can blow fly larvae kill nestlings? #7446
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    Thank you, Gin. I have looked at that site and actually a photo on the Sialis.com helped me identify the culprits. Sialis is my favorite bluebird information site. However, I gather from another source that the jury is still out on these parasites. There seems to be disagreement on how dangerous they are and how to handle to problem.

    So I am hoping to hear from people that may have personally observed the effects of blow fly larvae. This was a first for me and I hope to learn more about how dangerous they are as well as how best to prevent them from invading the nest.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Banding Blues? #7439
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Our local organization, Prescott Bluebird Recovery, banded our nestlings for several years. I have mixed feelings about it. When the nestlings were removed from the nest and checked for parasites, etc., that may sometimes be of help although I never saw them find a problem with any of ours. On the other hand, I also have seen where the bands themselves may have contributed to the death of two nestlings when the banded legs got tangled in some kind of garden plastic material that was in the nest.

    Knowing the identity is of great satisfaction in some instances for the person hosting the bluebirds. But I am not sure it is best for the birds.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: House wren dilemma #7438
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    This is not the only time I’ve seen an egg disappear, but the timing on this was unusual since she had likely not yet begun to incubate the eggs. It was like the day the fifth one appeared, one disappeared. But whatever happened, 4 nestlings seem to be thriving and so far I have not seen the wrens from last year. Maybe they did not survive the winter or perhaps they found a better place to nest. Just hope we do not see them again.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: House wren dilemma #7435
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Update: Only 4 hatched and I still have no idea what happened to the fifth egg. I figured incubation time starting at the time it would if the 5th egg was still there, and the timing appeared to accurate with their hatching. But only 4 nestlings hatched.
    After the egg disappearance I decided to hope the wrens that used the box last year decided to go elsewhere and leave the rest to nature, and with the nestlings now 9 days old it looks like maybe the bluebirds will win.

    I may never know why an egg disappeared, but whatever the case I am thankful that at least for now 4 nestlings appear to be thriving.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: To feed or not to feed #7339
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    I have already ground egg shells in a coffee bean grinder, placed some of that in the bird feeder dish along with the worms, hoping the birds would get a bit of egg shell along with their worms.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: House wren dilemma #7328
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    I tried putting up a temporary cardboard one right away, but wouldn’t you know it, we had a thunderstorm. Before the storm, I thought the BB were beginning to accept the guard, but I was wary because with 5 eggs in it already, it was hard to know if she had begun incubating.

    Well, after the storm, the remnants of the guard had to be removed and I also checked the nest. I could hardly believe my eyes: I could only see 4 eggs; one was missing. So then I was really worried. I decided that if a wren moved the egg, then it was not helpful to have the guard since the wren was already taking over. And if the bluebirds were upset and moved the egg, that was not good either.

    So I decided to take it all down and let nature take over. Right now it appears that Mama is incubating and I’ve heard no wrens recently. Maybe the wrens are not returning at all or if the BB are lucky maybe they are far enough ahead of the wren schedule that they will have a successful clutch.

    I have not looked inside the nest since the day one egg was missing, about a week ago. Mama BB should be about half way through incubation and if we have some warm weather tomorrow I may check the nest and see if the missing egg is back. I have wondered if it was in the nest hidden somehow, but the nest is small and it doesn’t seem likely. But has anyone heard of bluebirds removing eggs when upset?

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: House wren dilemma #7233
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Thank you for the encouragement. Think I’ll make one out of a brown shoebox I found. Has anyone experienced bluebirds rejecting the nest with a guard? This BB information website was not very encouraging if it is a box previously used by wrens.

    http://www.sialis.org/wrens.htm

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Happy, but sad day #7190
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    So so sad. Just wanna take that hawk and shake her. I’m curious if it was a large hawk or a kestrel. Seems like a baby bird would not be much of a meal either way. And when the world is so full of HOSP that would surely be a better meal. So frustrating.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Need a little advice #7105
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    One way to preserve nests is to place in a plastic container and freeze. Hopefully that will take care of any critters.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Keeping cool with ice #6884
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    I was concerned about the possibility of dripping water, but was surprised to find those removed hours later from the top of the nest box still seemed cool but not dripping, nor could I detect water accumulation in the plastic bag I placed them in. I was surprised how long they stayed cold.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Question #6787
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Carol, I have scoured through my post and cannot for the life of me find the quote “being the same as regular mealworms” anywhere. Is it lost or am I losing my mind? And yes, Rainbow Mealworms is the company name.

    http://www.rainbowmealworms.net/

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    in reply to: Question #6783
    MaybelleMaybelle
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    Rainbow Mealworms is my supplier. In fact an order of 5,000 is expected this week. I have a tiny refrigerator in the garage where they hang out until needed. Not sure I should have ordered that many, but they do keep a long time. At present I think there are two adults and five fledglings that are staying around at our place. And in our neighbor’s field where we have also set up a box, there are potentially 3 fledglings and the adult pair, plus she is now incubating 4 eggs.

    At my daughter’s nearby home, there are more to feed if I could ever convince them to give those delicacies a try. So far the blues at that location turn up their beaks.

    Cari
    Willamette Valley, Oregon

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