Welcome, Jamie – that is exactly what I do – watch the box which he has or is claiming closely – I usually wait until he has a mate and then set the trap for sure. Works 99.9% of the time to get him first. This year in another post here (about 4-5 weeks ago) I told about catching a pair of HOSP at one time in my Gilwood box. Can’t figure out how this happens, but have done this about 4 or 5 times over my 12 years bluebirding.
Phillyblues, you’re on a roll with the Van Ert! Today I caught a male early with the Van Ert, and then I caught 2 HOSP at once! Carol, you have started a trend this year!!! I never dreamed it was possible. As soon as I caught the male HOSP, another pair moved in. So happy to get them! It must be time for HOSP to nest! Phillyblues, there’s probably enough time for another nesting, I would guess. I tried to find the cut-off date for PA but couldn’t. I have always wondered that myself.
Keep up the great work with Van Ert!!! Our unsung hero.
This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by Julie.
Yeah, Julie! That’s a very unusual thing to happen, so congrats! I believe if I remember right the first time this happened and I was putting it in the sack for removal, the 2nd one got loose because I didn’t realize there were two. That DID NOT happen again.
I’m still waiting for 1st blue egg on nest #3.