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  • in reply to: I'm Back (again!?) Just checking in and updates! #7273
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    Our feeders are ABUZZ!!!! so many awesome birds happening! and I”ve got nest construction happening in my “Blue” box!

    TRES are hard at work on a bright sunny day!

    in reply to: 4 new blues #7225
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    Awesome pics.
    I was remembering in the old forum someone taking awesome shots. Was that you!??!

    in reply to: Not sure I’m a help for the bluebirds…. #7224
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    Oh sorry!! I got it now.
    hmm… I’d be interested to see what other people say as I’m not the most experienced here by a long shot.
    but I guess it couldn’t hurt… I’m trying to remmeber without reading back through everything (which I probably will go read back through) who ended up winning over your first box. you have lots of action :)

    in reply to: Not sure I’m a help for the bluebirds…. #7217
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    ahh Judy your yard sounds abuzz I’m envious!!! :)

    I saw a mated pair of TRES checking out my one box yesterday – fingers crossed!!

    Personally I think I would leave the box and let the kids sort it out. :) we are helping them by providing nest spaces – and they generally are good together and if they all decide to nest, the territory will be well defended. if there were two “cavity nests” that nature created – they would sort it out, so I wouldn’t think you need to intervene by removing the box. (just mho)

    in reply to: Please Introduce Yourself! #7215
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    Hey all,
    I too was on the old YUKU site and had to get ahold of these lovely ladies (cher?) to help me get my passwords and stuff back. I dont even remember what year I started here I think it was 2009 which would make this ten years!

    I’m Courtney, from Ontario Canada (about an hour west of Toronto.) I found this site when I moved to a house that had a bunch of old nest boxes filled with “stuff” – which I later learned was HOSPS and Wrens dummy nests! this site has been an amazing resource for me, and a great way to connect with others who enjoy birds, nature like I do. I’m an all around animal lover, two horses, cats, dogs – they all tend to find me, just like the blues and TRES.

    Currently hosting a set of paired boxes for the 2019 season, and looking forward to meeting more of you and giving updates. I tend to disappear for awhile, and then when I see pretty birds its a reminder to come visit my birding family! :bluebird6:

    in reply to: Please Introduce Yourself! #7214
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    Hey Brenda
    Super late on this post not even sure if you are still around .. but I’m also in Ontario. Courtney! – Hopefully we run into each other here

    in reply to: Not sure I’m a help for the bluebirds…. #7213
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    Judy you’re probably one of the people geographically closer to me than the others on this site (I can drive to michigan in about 4 hours.)

    Your experience is almost exactly what mine is. when I started – I had to do HOSP control and was like “ugh I hate this.” so I did mostly passive stuff. I got blues and TRES in paired boxes. on my second year – early in the season, HOSPS attacked and killed the male BB in my first ever box. I was so heartbroken, but this lit a fire in me -a justification of sorts I guess – for HOSP control which I still kind of hate.. but I remember what they do and that makes it a little easier.

    From that summer I used my VanERT faithfully – I believe I disposed of 7 sparrows.. and I bought the DRST – I also always keep in mind that its not just about THOSE sparrows, but the number of offspring that they would have produced in a year.. that also makes active sparrow control a little easier as I think about “cleaning house.”

    I started with my DRST at my parents as I moved , and my mom wanted to try this stuff – again, in the first summer I had a huge population drop and probably disposed of 12-14 sparrows (we are surrounded by farms and lots of junk food.)
    the following summer we fledged BLUES AND TRES successfully, and had a couple of years where only minor issues with HOSPS. Your efforts are NOT wasted. :)

    I’m back on the more active side of sparrow control this season (mostly because I got a little lazy about it)
    I started last week and have trapped 3 males and a 1 female.
    Keep on truckin’ girl you got this!!!

    in reply to: Is this weird or typical……. #7212
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    Following this thread and excited to see what happens!

    in reply to: Advice on using the Van Ert Trap ……… #7211
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    Congrats Judy I’ve been doing this as well. One thing about HOSPS is they don’t tend to get too fussy when you wreck their nests.. I have one that is a bit higher up so it gets hard to be too picky – I’ve literally pulled the whole nest out, yanked it apart and put a couple of grassy pieces back in and still had it POP within minutes – thats one nice thing about them being sloppy aggressive little things I guess !

    in reply to: A very dismal nesting update this year. #7210
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    Hey Ladies,
    I was thinking the same – I’m in Ontario Canada and it has gone from May back to March temps several times already.. and wanna talk RAIN?!! all I”ve had going on is a WACK Of HOSPS.. and too cold too get overly motivated – but as I wrote in my post I finally got rocking on it – and we have some TRES interest on this (first in awhile) sunny and 14 degree morning.
    Maybe everything will just happen a little later this year?!

    in reply to: A wonderful surprise. #7208
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    Congratulations! We too here in Ontario have Orioles eating oranges and grape jelly like crazy! :bluebird6:

    in reply to: I'm Back and we fledged TRES #6880
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    Hey ladies thanks for the reply. where i used to live we always had paired boxes, and then I had an additional box elsewhere on the property I’ve always been pretty lucky to have TRES frequently: I have actually had better luck with them than the blues. I think this may be because despite HOSP control we tend to have a high population of them and the TRES are a little more aggressive (in my opinion.) its common for them to dive bomb at anyone near their nest which maybe makes them a little more ‘hardy’ in terms of nesting where there are still a number of HOSPs.. we are moving this fall and I’m hoping to set up a trail on the new property!!

    in reply to: Van-ert question #3485
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    always brilliant topics happening in here :)
    snowing and horrid here in the “north” yuck!

    in reply to: Sparrowtraps.net Trap Issues – Unlucky….. #3429
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    How is it going? trapping here so far this season (and its early and cold up here…) but so far I’ve caught two males with my trustee van-ert – tried using one as a decoy but the temps dropped and there was no point. in the past… my secret was always the DECOY.

    in reply to: Snow has set us back, here in NH… #3428
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    ahhh and same here in Ontario! It was getting nice… and then WHAMO… freezing rain, snow.. sleet. BULL$h*t really. The only thing in my boxes thus far has been HOSPs and I’m on high alert.
    prepared for ornithological warfare so to speak LOL

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