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  • in reply to: Got Babies! #2288
    Rich KRich K
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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.

    in reply to: Empty nest #2286
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    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 :( )

    in reply to: Missing egg heartbreak #2285
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    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. :Cough: Still waiting until 11 AM EST to check the box. Fingers and toes crossed.

    in reply to: Missing egg heartbreak #2284
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    Still no egg at 8 AM BUT Mama blue was sitting on the wire directly over the box. Praying she lays this morning.
    :bluebird:

    in reply to: Missing egg heartbreak #2277
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    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… :TwoHosp:

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    in reply to: Need help identifying nest! #2259
    Rich KRich K
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    I am going to put a wren guard up. Working on that now. Thanks Gin!!

    in reply to: Second Clutch question #2257
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    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. :BlueBirds-baby3:

    in reply to: Need help identifying nest! #2256
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    Egg #1 laid this morning!! :BlueBirds-baby3:

    in reply to: Need help identifying nest! #2225
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    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!)

    in reply to: Need help identifying nest! #2219
    Rich KRich K
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    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!

    in reply to: Bluebirds abandoned nest #2156
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    Get rid of the cat!!!
    :Cough:

    in reply to: Bluebird family returns #2155
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    Looks like to juvenile males?

    in reply to: Second Clutch question #2154
    Rich KRich K
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    Billy was singing all morning, Susie was on the overhead wire. I believe they are building! :BlueBirds-baby3:

    in reply to: Second Clutch question #2143
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    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.

    in reply to: Tree Swallows nesting! #2099
    Rich KRich K
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    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.

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