June 20, 2017 at 9:43 am #4911
We are being told here where I live we will probably be getting up to 12 inches of
rain and or ? plus lots of wind and at this point it is headed our way, but not sure exactly what we will get at this time of it coming but I would like to know if we could take the box down and put in a safe place when it starts hitting (and the Mom & Dad won’t be able to get to it any way) if we could take it down then put it right back up when the worst ends?
We have the ability to just unscrew the box from the metal pole. The eggs were laid on the 15th and 16th and we still only have 2, but the Bbirds are still coming in and out when not too hot even with the umbrella up in the morning and down at night. We are in the high 90’s during the days (with over 100 index) and high 70’s at night. Trying to be pre-paired ☺June 20, 2017 at 6:51 pm #4921tamseaModerator
Yikes! I’m not sure what to tell you. Is the wind going to be that strong?? I’m not sure if the parents still go into the box in the evening at that age. Maybe some else remembers that info.
TammyJune 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm #4928tamseaModerator
Do whatever you think is best but if you take it off put it back as soon as you can.
TammyJune 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm #4937
I’m right in the middle of the storm and left mine up. Don’t know they could have possibly fed them today in the torrential rains. They are only 4 days old. Luckily box was still standing but all I can do now is pray! wanted to check on them tonight but rain was blowing everywhere.
Fingers crossed for yours!
So far winds not bad just unreal rain :(June 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm #4939
Sorry, I misspoke. I thought we were in the middle of it. I am in coastal Alabama. Didn’t realize it hasn’t even come onshore yet! Our wind gusts are at 35. House looks OK so far.June 20, 2017 at 11:26 pm #4940
Now we just added to the warning zone. I am super upset and worried about this nesting. I though heat was my biggest worry and now this. Praying for all the babies!June 21, 2017 at 7:42 am #4941verachuckdaveParticipant
Awwww! That is so upsetting. I hope they make it through. Good luck!
PennsylvaniaJune 21, 2017 at 7:53 am #4943Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Lisa & Dene – sure hope you all make it through the storm okay and after that being said, hope your blues make it also. My brother in Savannah, Georgia went through that terrible hurricane that went up the East coast a couple of years ago. He had about 12 huge trees uprooted, damage to his home, and yet he said his blues were just a little displaced, since their boxes were blown away, but he did see them!June 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm #4948
Thanks Lisa for your info, we haven’t gotten any of it yet so your info is very helpful as your on the dirty side they call it and we on the other. The weather is saying we are getting hit tonight (you probably are also) and they don’t know how bad with either the wind or the rain will be here, but it is coming for sure they just don’t have all the answers. I have lived here long enough to have been through 3 hurricanes plus one tropical storm, and the most damage is usually the wind more so than the rain where we live (the last one Ike blew a tree down on me before the major hit after top part of a tree of ours came down and we were trying to get it away from our windows before the biggest gusts of winds came and then the rest blew down on me but only messed up my ankle because I heard it cracking and was running away from it when it hit me) but have heard today we could be getting at the least 4 inches of rain over night, which wouldn’t be too bad except for the wind direction blowing the rain into the box because it would be coming sideways and right at the box hole (they did say we could get 50 mph winds?) not worried about the box going over. And yes, the female has been the last 2 nights in the box when I go out in the early morning she pops her head out to see me and the dog, before then she hasn’t been in there, so maybe she knows the storm is coming? Her eggs aren’t ready to be hatched yet, laid on 15th & 16th only 2 laid. If I do nothing but pray and the box gets soaked what happens? Does anyone have an answer to that? Thanks All!! Hope your baby’s are doing well Lisa ^j^June 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm #4952
Dene, I have to confess we got about 8 inches of rain last night and I was so worried that at midnight I went out to make sure my box was still standing aand the wren guard hadn’t gotten soaked and plastered over the hole. It’s cardboard but too early to take off. It’s ragged but holding up.
But the craziest thing is that a juvenile from the first nesting was sitting on my snake guard under the house like the house was a shelter. In driving rain. We looked at each other like we were both nuts!
Today was terrifying. I work 35 mins from home at a hospital and we had 2 tornadoes come through and had to move all the patients to hallways. Thank God they were’nt near here. I don’t think any box could survive a tornado.
Miraculously I checked the nest this morning and it’s still completely dry.
I’m like you, been through a few hurricanes but the rain and mine only being 4-5 days old has me so nervous. How do they find bugs? The mealworm feeder was empty this evening so I hope it was the blues and not HOWR who ate them all and fed the babies. I hear chirping tonight so I’m relieved.
I’d rather have heat to worry about!!June 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm #4953
Anyone had babies survive through days of torrential rains? So worried!
I swear I’m taking up crochet next year!June 21, 2017 at 8:28 pm #4954
PS it sounds like mom is incubating the two so I don’t know how long you could interrupt this. This storm is super slow moving :(
And I promise the mom will get in that box and stay there.June 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm #4961
So they made it through the storms last night but the wind is horrific and I can’t keep the wren guard on. They are 5 days old and it’s risky but I had to just leave it off.June 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm #4969
Lisa, Hope yours are all ok now? Let us know. Mine made it through and yes the Mom did stay with them all night and until the weather cleared up some today, then I checked the nest after rains stopped later and eggs are fine and lucky not wet. We didn’t get hit here as bad as they said we might, but I see you did and sure hope all is well with your bunch. We are suppose to have 106 heat index tomorrow so another worry, I will be so glad when these 2 eggs hatch and fledge safe!June 23, 2017 at 12:28 am #4971
Miraculously mine look OK! The rain was unrelenting and I could barely concentrate at work. Tonight is supposed to be the windiest so as much as I hated to I attached bungee cords to the nearest aluminum fence. Bad for predators!! Another sleepless night! Grrr
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