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Van Ert caught another male yesterday! Why did I wait so long to use this? I just hope there is time for bluebirds still in PA?
Thanks, Jamie. That is encouraging. It does seem lile an impossible task, especially when people are breeding them purposely.
I have a few of these. They’re great..just screw on a standard jar of jelly upside down and the gravity does the rest. It also has little drain holes on the tray so water doesn’t collect. You have to churn it with a built in spinner every few days or so.
I think yoi gals live in heaven or something close to it. Lol. Catbirds at least eat it so not wasted ar least. If I put any more orange stuff out they may send me to the loony bin.
Soooo jealous on the Orioles! Inhave them fly over my yard and sing multiple times every year but they just refuse to go for the jelly feeders or oranges…of which I have 3 feeders. The catbirds are non stop but not orioles. I have tried everything. I have running water and keep the feeders out in the open. Is it too late now?
Happy Birthday, Tammy!
Peace in the valley for three days….so nice.
Caught another male yesterday morning! 3 down 497ish to go. Haven’t heard that awful irritating HOSP chirp in about 24 hours. So encouraging. Please bluebirds come! I’m ready finally.
Any chance of me getting a late or second nesting this year you think?
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Just disposed of another male! Thank you Mr Van Ert! And the local wildlife get another snack tonight…feed some fox or possum babies.
I had been ripping the nests out so much they haven’t been bothering at this point. Awful year…wish I did this much earlier.
Doesn’t help when there are people in the neighborhood breeding them in boxes and multi holed mansions designed for purple martins or God knows what. Just sad, the ignorance.
There are plenty more in line to meet their fate. I also have a trap set up in my shed with a faux birdhouse on the exterior that leads to the trap. So far nothing, but a guy on Youtube used this method and was catching 500 a year! He says he finally has made a dent in the population that he catches much less now.June 19, 2020 at 9:55 pm in reply to: New to feeding live mealworms…instructions needed. #8410
Gorgeous photo! Jealous.
Yes. I think I got it down now though. Trap is set for the morning. Always scared I’ll trap a bluebird though. This is right around the time I saw them last year in my yard, but I also didn’t have a too bad of a sparrow problem last year.
Thanks for the encouragement, Julie. That trail nesting was my sliver of good bird news this spring. Swallows declined my yard for the first time in 4 years….last year I had bluebirds ALMOST nest in my yard too in late June for the first time ever…but haven’t visited yet this year. Hoping for another late visit maybe. Fingers crossed. I need some good news.