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  • in reply to: NEED HELP CHOOSING NEST BOX PLEASE #23802
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    My new Gilwood box came, and I’d like to put it up in place of my existing box from WBU. The bluebird pair is spending a lot of time sitting on top of my existing box and going in and out of it. Will they be bothered if I switch the boxes? I’m attaching a link or image (not sure which, I’ve never used Imgur before) of my current nest box. I hope the link works.

    As I mentioned earlier in this post, I wanted a nest box with a flat roof so that I could attach a wren shield next spring when nesting season begins.

    View post on imgur.com

    Carol
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    in reply to: NEED HELP CHOOSING NEST BOX PLEASE #23801
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    Gin, yes, that was one of the first places I looked. I had bookmarked it years ago. Fred has a note on his website that he has had to take a break from building due to health issues. I do hope he’s okay. I did read about the various nest boxes on his website, though, and got some good info.

    I ended up ordering a Gilbertson PVC box and a Gilwood. I ordered two ready made wren guards and a PVC box style Van Ert trap. I have a regular Van Ert trap already for the Gilwood. I want to go ahead and put the boxes up since the bluebirds have started checking the box out for the spring.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: NEED HELP CHOOSING NEST BOX PLEASE #23555
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    Thank you David. I’ve always used the nest boxes from WBU with the v-shaped roof. I also used a Gilbertson PVC box one time. The wrens loved the Gilbertson box, which is why I think I’m going to get one again and let them use it to build their dummy nests. I didn’t put up a nest box for several years until last year when I used the WBU box again. I think I’m going to go ahead and order a Gilwood box and a Gilbertson PVC box. I hope these will work well for me.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: NEED HELP CHOOSING NEST BOX PLEASE #23551
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    Thank you very much Carol. I think I will order a Gilwood and a Gilbertson PVC box.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: NEED HELP CHOOSING NEST BOX PLEASE #23549
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    Thank you Carol. I’m in East TN. Yes, I’m planning for next spring. I was excited to see bluebirds already checking out the box for the spring. I was thinking about switching the box that I have now with the v-shaped roof for another box now since they’re already checking out boxes. I want a box that I can attach a wren guard to, and I can’t do that with the box I have now. I am considering different boxes for the one I already have as well as adding a different one for the wrens to build dummy nests. I guess I didn’t explain it well as to what I’m planning, but I want two different boxes.

    The Gilbertson PVC box was what I was thinking about for the wrens. I know they like that style because I used to have one. I am considering the Gilwood box to replace what I have. I read on Sialis that was the preferred box for bluebirds. I may just go ahead and order one since you like them so much. Sialis said that HOSP liked them though. I read on Duncraft’s website that HOSP don’t like them. What is your experience with that? I will definitely use a Van Eat trap when I see HOSP, but that’s a problem if both bluebirds and HOSP are checking out the box at the same time.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Gilbertson style 6” #9455
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    Those are great pictures Bill! Thank you for posting them.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Behavior #9454
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    Welcome to the forum Berkshire. If it’s a baby bluebird it will follow the parent around with its mouth open. The parent will frequently feed it. That doesn’t sound like what is happening.

    House sparrows are very aggressive. I would suggest looking at a lot of pictures and trying to determine if it’s a house sparrow. AllAboutBirds.org is a good place to start.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Finally back (Me and the blues!!!) #9407
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    I’m so sorry Courtney. I hate wrens, too. I had one successful bluebird nesting this year. Then I had HOSP trying to take over the box and got rid of them. The wrens have been trying to take over ever since. I keep removing sticks from the box, and they won’t give up.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Concerned about excess heat #9402
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    Judi, I do hope the babies survived the heat.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Please Introduce Yourself! #9392
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    Welcome Judi! There are a lot more experienced bluebirders on here than I am, so I will let them help you. I did want to let you know that on sialis.org there is a wealth of information about bluebirds. They say that a temperature of 107 is the highest they can survive. Many people put heat shields on their nest boxes if they’re in direct sun. I believe there are instructions for that on the sialis website.

    I will post in the main forum and let everyone know you’re introduced yourself. A lot of people no longer check the Please Introduce Yourself forum. Please go ahead and post in the main forum. Congratulations on your new nest! I’m sorry you lost your first female. That’s always so sad.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Please Introduce Yourself! #9381
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    Welcome Molla. I just noticed you had posted in the Introduce Yourself forum. I’ve only had one bluebird nesting this year, too, but it’s because I’ve had house sparrow and house wren problems. Are you still feeding mealworms? I don’t know why you aren’t seeing them if you’re still offering the mealworms. There are a lot more experienced bluebirders on this forum than I am. If you post again in the main forum rather than in the introduce yourself forum I’m sure you’ll get more replies.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: House Wren Building Nest #9278
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    That would have been so exciting to hold the tiger cub Judy. Interesting that the fur was wiry.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: House Wren Building Nest #9273
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    Blue Diamonds, I hope you’re right that I’ll get another nesting of bluebirds. The HOWR left for a while, but I saw it going in the box today. Where was your picture taken with the tiger cub? It’s beautiful.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Empty nest. The spooker saved them. #9244
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    Congratulations! I’m so glad the spooker and baffle worked well for you.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

    in reply to: Not a bluebird but.. #9227
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    I would love to see a pileated woodpecker. I have Downy woodpeckers and Red-bellied woodpeckers come to my feeders.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

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