March 8, 2022 at 10:05 pm #23922
Anyone seeing starts of nests yet?
I had a male today perching on top of a box, just seemed to me he was “staking” out his territory. He didnt have a mate or courting, just hanging out longer than usual.
I still have BBs coming to eat mealworms, have the best luck with the erva metal cage feeder at keeping starlings out. Looking forward to spring.
SW OhioMarch 9, 2022 at 9:43 pm #24002
No nest starts yet, but my pair of blues have definitely “claimed” their box, going in and out a lot. Glad they have chosen this box as it is the closest and in best location than my other 3 boxes – it was their choice last year for 2 of 3 nests. Really glad nothing solid for yet, as we have ups and downs as far as temperature goes, we’ve had several nice days and now it is due to snow again tonight and be below freezing. Other winter (juncos and white-crowned sparrows) birds are here still here, so I know it is not quite time yet.March 10, 2022 at 12:46 pm #24005
Nice. I have a pair here, not sure which birdhouse they want. Last year first attempt was around April 3rd.
We have accumulating snow in forecast tomorrow night, then we should be good.
SW OhioMarch 24, 2022 at 11:09 pm #24010
Chris, have your pair decided on a house they want yet? As I posted earlier tonight, I do have a very nice BB nest (with all pine needles) but no eggs yet, and I am glad about that. We had some really warm days, then got cool again, with some light rain for several days.
Sure am glad the forum is up and running again!!!!March 29, 2022 at 11:37 pm #24019
My pair has selected a box, but no eggs last i checked. Previously i had accidentally caught the female in a nestbox trap – i reached in the box and it was making more of a singing sound than the squawking sparrows make. She was in there less than an hour, and i felt absolutely awful, but she has been coming to the feeder, house, appears just fine.
From now on im not setting a nestbox trap until the sparrows are actively building a nest. (Somehow one day i caught a male and female simultaneously in the box, that was a first.)
ChrisMarch 30, 2022 at 8:23 am #24020
Chris, you are definitely correct for thinking you need to wait until a pair of HOSP are active at the box – I usually wait until they have some twigs in the box and then set the trap – if you wait until it is completed it is too tall and the trap doesn’t work well.
My pair have 4 eggs in their box but I’m not sure if the female is incubating yet, as I have only seen her come out once – the 4th egg was laid on Monday. Let the fun begin!April 10, 2022 at 3:28 pm #24070
Got five eggs, sparrow spooker is up, and mom apparently incubating the eggs (see was in box when i checked a bit ago). It was a little breezy, im suprised they accepted the spooker so readily.
Forecast is for seasonable weather this week so i am hopeful things go well.
SW OhioApril 11, 2022 at 10:34 am #24072
Congrats, Chris on 5 eggs. My 4 eggs hatched this morning (April 11). Glad you mentioned about the spooker, as I was so engrossed in watching mama & papa protect those new babies this morning I almost forgot about the spooker. Right now parents are protecting very well so I believe I will wait until later this afternoon to put up the spooker (while my DH can help me) as he is not here right now. Looks like the season is going into full force for most.
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