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I’ve never had mom bird take an egg out. Even after the others fledged.
Thanks Tammy! I am in coastal Alabama so I’m thinking it could have been a HOWR. Haven’t seen any but I have dozens of birds passing through. My pair is very aggressive so I am hoping against hope that they can fight off a future attack. Last year snakes, now this….
I am praying they might be Ok because the other 4 look fine.
I’ve pretty much done all I can do now. Too late to put up a wren guard from what I’ve read?
Tammy, I think it must mean that no snakes have tried to access it yet. But I have other measures such a round metal pole that I was ignorant about when first starting out. The snakes are supposed to get trapped in the netting.
Ugh! I can’t even imagine! I never pictured myself hacking a snake to bits until it ate my 15 day old nestlings last year :(
Thanks for all of the info! I live in deep fear of HOSP attacks but I’ve never seen one in my yard. All is well this morning with the 4 eggs and both parents divebombing me. Thinking i should do a sparrow spooker just in case, but like someone mentioned, I would expect much more carnage from a HOSP attack or HOWR attack.
Papa blue is chasing a squirrel away this morning. I’ve always had lots of squirrels but they’ve never bother my blues. I wonder if it was a squirrel?
By the way, I am in South Alabama, and we have 5′ corn (rat, or chicken) snakes. I think the box is well protected from them. The only reason one didn’t get all of the eggs last year is because I caught it in the act.
Randy, you helped me so much! I was wondering if it could have been a defective egg? This is the most aggressive pair I’ve ever had, and still very dedicated to the nest. Last year when I lost 2 eggs to snakes the parents never came back.
I’ve always monitored daily but this pair hates it much that I backed down to every 3 days. Poor kids, I will be spying on them much more often again!
It looks like a BB nest to me…I have tons of pine straw around but mine this year are very grassy like that one. Hope I am right! Best of luck!
The netting works great! Luckily, I’ve never had to get a snake out of it yet, LOL>
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Curious…do you see yours in Winter? I never do. They show up in February….
Me too! In Fairhope…
They tormented me for weeks and finally settled down and I have 5 eggs!
I am in coastal Alabama and went for years with no issues until last year when I lost two beautiful healthy nests to snakes.
Finally discovered the Krueger trap and had a healthy fledge. It was a horrible year.
Don’t put a box too close to a tree from which a snake could drop.
Both snakes that attacked mine were 5 foot long corn,rat,or chicken snakes. They go by different names here but will take the whole brood.