Craig Mitchell

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  • in reply to: Empty Nest #6299
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    They are eating at my feeder (in between me chasing the grey squirrel away) and feeding on insects from the telephone wires. So I guess its best to leave the “new” nest as they may return for brood #2? Thanks

    in reply to: Bluebirds abandon five babies #2124
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    Update May 28. Well, after several weeks of removing House Wren nests and boxes of twigs the wrens moved on. They’re not far away though as they now occupy two boxes on the property next door where the elderly man who lives there never cleans his out. Good riddance.

    My bluebirds returned and after a weeks or so of popping in and out of the three empty nest boxes seemed to have settled on a favorite. Two were empty this morning but the one closest to my home had a nest in it this morning. Fingers crossed.

    in reply to: Bluebirds abandon five babies #1881
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    I am not aware of any pesticide spraying but neighbors are using weed & feed on their lawns. There are a few aggressive House Wrens making noise and filling up the two remaining boxes with twigs and nesting material. I just cleaned them out this morning, again…and left the box fronts open to encourage the Wrens to leave.

    Also saw the bluebirds feeding on a neighbors lawn this morning so they have not left the area entirely. Maybe I will wash out the three houses and perhaps move the one that had the babies.

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