April 13, 2017 at 11:01 am #3651
We saw our first bluebird at our place last week, and now i’ve seen a pair of bluebirds for three days in a row. I’m not sure if they are nesting yet, but we have 8 nest boxes out, two of which are being filled with material that looks a lot like bluebird nests from what I can see online. What’s odds is that these two nests are ~5 feet from each other, so i’m not sure if I have two pairs of bluebirds or if one pair is making two nests? The nests are much higher on the front side than the back, is that typical of bluebirds? In any event, I’m ecstatic to finally have bluebirds here. Now if we could just get the purple martins to nest here, the “collection” (tree swallows, barn swallows, bluebirds, and purple martins) would be complete!April 14, 2017 at 2:54 am #3676Love my blues!Participant
So happy you’ve got bluebirds! Is there any way you could send a pic of the nests?
NicoleApril 15, 2017 at 1:06 am #3704LisaParticipant
My nests are always a pretty even cup of almost pure pine straw. Would love to see a pic of the nests you are seeing also.
My pair’s current nest (second try after a loss of all babies) is so skimpy I thought it wasn’t close to finished.April 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm #3713dogsandbirdsModerator
EABL nests are typically symmetrical. What kind of materials are in those boxes?
Two nests 5′ from each other sounds like a single pair. Why are the boxes so close to each other?
Atlanta, GAApril 17, 2017 at 9:42 am #3745
I have the boxes so close to each other because I’m trying to get tree swallows and bluebirds to nest in the same areas. So i have 8 boxes total, 4 in these pair formations where they are 5′ from each other, then 4 that are spread 100+ feet apart. Will take a picture of the nests tonight and get back to y’all. Thaqnks.April 18, 2017 at 8:20 am #3767April 18, 2017 at 8:51 am #3770
This is the nest I’m assuming is a bluebird nest. There is another nest ~5 feet from this one with the same nesting material, but no eggs.April 18, 2017 at 8:56 am #3772Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Nice picture – good luck. Wow – that many boxes – do you have a huge yard/area or what?April 18, 2017 at 9:08 am #3774
We have ~10 acres at our place. The tree swallow and bluebird nests are on the ~2-3 acres on the northwest corner of our place, to the north side of a big creek that bisects our property. The central part of our place near our house is reserved for purple martins which have yet to take up nesting pairs so far, but hoping this year is our year!April 18, 2017 at 10:05 am #3775DanaParticipant
That’s definitely a bluebird nest! Great picture by the way. Congratulations!April 18, 2017 at 10:07 am #3776Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
That explains why you have room for that many boxes. We have 5 acres here, but only about 2 acres is yard and the rest is fenced off as pasture. I have 4 boxes in the back yard, and by putting each box at the opposite corners of the back yard, they are approximately 300′ apart, which is the recommended distance for blues. I have not tried pairing yet, as I had TRES about 2 years ago and they had a failure (all 6 babies died in box I believe from mites) and they have not been back since.
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