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You can get a great deal on Meal Worms on Amazon. I get 2,000 at a time and they ship really quick. The EABL’s LOVE them. I put them in a little container about 20 feet away from the birdhouse and mom and dad dive down to get them. I usually only put them out once a day though so they don’t become too dependent.
I cleaned my box out immediately after the first fledge. That was 3 weeks ago and they started to build again within the 3 week time frame so hopefully! The babies usually stick around all summer and sometimes help feeding the new clutch. Here’s hoping you get another! Do you have a Sparrow Spooker? I just had a very bad experience not putting mine up (lost an egg and now not sure if they will abandon :( )
UPDATE: While cleaning out a Wren box of sticks I noticed a male HOSP hanging around. Not a normal haunt in a wooded area. I’m convinced he was the culprit. I say WAS because I happened to have my trusty pellet gun near by and sent him to meet his maker. Still waiting until 11 AM EST to check the box. Fingers and toes crossed.
Still no egg at 8 AM BUT Mama blue was sitting on the wire directly over the box. Praying she lays this morning.
Well on further investigation it is evident that this is the work of HOSP’s. I am SOOOOO mad at myself for not putting the spooker up after egg #1. The past 2 clutches I have waited until all the eggs were laid for fear they would abandon. I’m a complete and utter idiot and feel physically ill right now :(
I am praying they lay another egg in the morning and the spooker will go right up. Now I will be sitting in the bush with my pellet gun just waiting for those little brown b@@tards to show up and fill them with lead. UGHHHHHHH…
- This reply was modified 3 years, 12 months ago by Rich K.
I am going to put a wren guard up. Working on that now. Thanks Gin!!
Egg#1 was laid this morning! Mom and dad hanging around a lot more than normal. Actually dad dive bombed me checking one egg or I would have taken a picture. I think the HOWR and HOSP activity has them on guard. Putting the Sparrow Spooker up now.
Egg #1 laid this morning!!
Sparrow spooker – yes. I put mine up after all eggs are laid. Too nervous to put it up after 1 egg.
Wren guard – other than my pellet gun – no. (I shoot to scare not kill!)
Definitely EABL. Spotted the female going in and out several times this evening and the male singing on the overhead wire. I’m just nervous about the HOWR now I have taken down the house they were trying to nest in. I hope they don’t try and take over the EABL box!
Get rid of the cat!!!
Looks like to juvenile males?
Billy was singing all morning, Susie was on the overhead wire. I believe they are building!
Good news! Heard Billy singing this morning. Checked the box and found several strands of grass so I believe a second nest is just beginning. I will monitor the box for HOSP activity but haven’t seen any since the last “massacre at dawn” (6 in the HOSP trap at once, mwah hah hah!!). I’m 99% sure it’s EABL’s building again but want a visual.
The commitment by the parents is way too strong for them to abandon fledglings. I would put it up ASAP and watch the box. Typically the female accepts first. I have used the spooker two years in a row and they took to it both times within 30 minutes. HOSP’s go nowhere near the box. It’s too big a risk to take. HOSP’s are nasty.