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This happened to my neighbor on second brood. She was hit by a car after laying one egg. We waited a week but no luck. I think the pair I got shortly after that were like the Male with a new Mrs.!!
Bluebirds were nesting in the neighbor’s apple tree. There was a small knot about 7 or 8 feet above ground that was cavity and they were nesting in there. I observed them going in and out on a regular basis. I imagine in the day before HOSP and EUST showed up there were a lot of these types of nests!
I have had a slot box and had Blues every year. Usually two broods. I have never had HOWR even put sticks in mine!! However the HOSP’s are an issue and you can’t use the Van Ert on a slot box. Luckily I have become a really good shot with my pellet gun!! LOL!!!
I have also had Blues in my Gilberston’s box but not the past two years. I think there is too much shrubbery around it now so I am going to cut it all back this Fall and hopefully get them in it again. HOSP’s don’t seem to like the Gilbertson’s but I have had Chickadee’s in it which of course is awesome!
I nailed the Male Sparrow two days ago! The Blues disappeared for a day but this morning they were back. I checked the box and I have AN EGG!!! I put the Spooker up and about 10 minutes later the Female went in and the Male was sitting on the Spooker!!!!
I rarely see the fledglings after they leave. Last year however a Juvy male hung around to help feed the second brood. That was really cool! He hung around for the remainder of the season. So far this year there have been 10 fledglings from the neighbors boxes. I haven’t seen any since they fledged. I think that is common for a lot of species. My DEES had 7 babies and only now, 5 weeks later, am I seeing them at my feeder (along with 4 baby Downy’s!!)
Well the neighbor to the left of us has an amazing pair of very determined Blues. They are on their 4th nesting. They started a 3rd brood in the lower box but it did not have a baffle and I believe either squirrels or raccoons got into it as the nest was totally disturbed and the eggs were at the bottom. So the pair left this box and went back to their original box and now have 3 eggs close to hatching. The neighbors across the street had 3 of 4 fledge (one died in the box perhaps from blow fly or rain – I was away unfortunately and didn’t get to monitor as closely). So the neighborhood has had 3 successful nestings with 10 out of 12 babies fledging and hopefully another 3 in 2 more weeks. So although I got skunked in my boxes this year (except for 7 DEES) – we will have added 13 new Blueys to the world’s population this summer!! I will count that as a big success!!!
TBH I found out completely by accident on the dried cranberries. I bought a bird seed at the local hardware store that has peanuts, black oil, sunflower chips and dried cranberries. I started to notice the Blues coming to the feeder and the only thing I could figure out they were eating was the cranberries! I know they are not seed eaters!
She is hiding them in deep bushes or trees for a while until they learn to forage for themselves. She will find plenty of food for them don’t worry. My guess is you won’t see her for a few days or even a week or so. I just saw my pair tonight on the wires in front of our house. My four fledged Monday. Daddy flew into the big maple tree across the way and I heard the babies screaming for their dinner!!
Keep in mind that the worms will die really quick in the heat. They will turn brown in about an hour and momma likes them fresh and alive so just enough for her to gobble up in a short time frame. It may appear she is eating them all but they take them in their mouth and “churn” them around a little to make them easier to feed to the babes.
Fantastic news!!! Now, don’t be surprised if she totally disappears for about 2 weeks. Typically they go into hiding with the babies in cover. Hopefully you will see her again soon! Great job on helping her. I’m not sure she would have made it without your help. The babies are demanding!!
Yep!! The little ones flew on Monday afternoon. 2 girls and 2 boys to go with big brother from the first clutch!!July 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm in reply to: Those sneaky, blasted wrens!! Been a hard season . . . #2684
I had a pair of HOWR that were attacked by a male HOSP. Took the house down and all 5 HOWR eggs were smashed and the mother killed on the nest. I trapped the HOSP next morning and executed him. The HOWR moved on thankfully. No more box on trees!
With all the heat should she be checking for blow fly larvae??
I have not opened the box for 2 days now. Mom and dad still busy feeding. Weather has been perfect for this clutch, very little rain and mid 80’s so not too hot. I just found out my neighbor has a pair in his box! He knows nothing about them so I have been monitoring his box as well. They are on about day 9 and doing well (5 in that box!) so hopefully soon there will be 9 little babies fluttering around the two yards! I expect mine to leave starting Sunday/Monday. I doubt I will get a third clutch this late in the season but I am thrilled with this year’s experience! Thanks all for the advise!!
Carol – yep!! I agree – that’s what I meant by “leave them be” – there was a rogue HOSP creeping around about an hour ago. I noticed mom and dad getting really irate – thought it was my Beagle who lumbers past the box occasionally (he normally has zero interest in the BB’s) but then noticed the male chasing a male HOSP. The HOSP landed in a near by tree. 30 seconds later he was in my sights with the pellet gun and let’s just say I took care of him!!!