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Carol – Mid-Mo.

    Since this field is a public area – there would not be much you could do about someone else using it. But to answer your question, I believe blues are more tolerant than we think. AT LEAST, once they have a nest & eggs. I remember the very first (or 2nd) year of my bluebirding, I had a nest & eggs in our back yard, fairly close to our home. We had to have the roof shingled that year and the old roof had to be taken off, and you never heard the like of noise & goings on. I panicked, thinking that mama would be scared off from incubating, but after a little fluttering around she went back to her duties.
    P.S. Right now this morning I have the owner of a large hayfield which is adjacent to my yard, spraying the field for something – maybe liquid fertilizer or something, hopefully not herbicide. Well he has a right to do this, but 2 years ago he sprayed a powerful herbicide and it severely damaged about 10 of our big trees & plants. They sprayed on a very windy day and the stuff drifted onto our property. (We had to contact him and get an agreement/down payment on any permanent damage – the next year these items did survive so he was not out any money) Very close to this property line is where I have two BB boxes, so I get worried. There are no eggs or babies at this time; however, I noticed the blues got out of that area today when they heard the equipment. We don’t always have control of things we want. Good luck!