Just a quick update! The Blue-zer and his Mrs. (who I have yet to see enter the box) are nest building in the front yard! They’re back in the box where it all started this year. Hopefully this nest will finish this time. Blue-zer is so funny. He sits on the roof, then leaps off it and flutters 360 degrees around the whole box before entering. He does this over and over. Just making sure, I guess.
The HOSP has been absent the last few days. So thankful! I put the sparrow spooker on the TRES box, so peace is back. This HOSP was sitting on the mulch pile in the driveway trying to figure out how to get into the TRES box. It was such a calculated move!! The TRES sit on the spooker. It took the male a while to accept it, but mama went right in immediately.
To top it all off, a house wren is removing the abandoned chickadee nest in the backyard, moss thread by moss thread. I’ve never ever had house wrens here, so this is a new wrinkle. Time to whip up some wren guards just in case. Carol, you mentioned removing the wren stick piles in a box. Does this help keep them busy? They don’t seem to be hanging out in my yard. I hear them singing in 2 yards nearby. Maybe this will be a dummy nest. I’m so bummed about their arrival.
Yes, removing the sticks definitely keeps the house wrens busy. I have removed a dummy nest full of sticks about 3 times, same box, in the past week. I measured one stick and it was 7 inches long, with a slight crook in it, and was probably 8″ if straightened? Can’t believe hos good they are at getting these long sticks into a 1 1/2″ hole – amazing. Just be sure not to let it go too long and they get an egg in it. Good luck with these critters, Julie. Also, good luck with papa Blue-zer and wife. This is unusual that he is building the nest – usually the female builds it, or most of it.
Carol, I don’t know that the male is building the nest. He’s just spending lots of time on the box. In the morning, I have to keep front blinds closed ’til 11 due to intense sun, so I miss a lot! Probably Mama is building that nest. I try to see from other windows, but can’t quite. Thanks for the tip on the wrens. I’ll stay on it.