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  • #3651
    LonesomeDuck
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      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!

      #3676
      Love my blues!
      Participant

        So happy you’ve got bluebirds! Is there any way you could send a pic of the nests?

        Nicole

        #3704
        Lisa
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          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.

          #3713
          dogsandbirds
          Moderator

            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?

            Gin
            Atlanta, GA

            #3745
            LonesomeDuck
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              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.

              #3767
              LonesomeDuck
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                bluebird nest

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                #3770
                LonesomeDuck
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                  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.

                  #3772
                  Carol – Mid-Mo.
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                    Nice picture – good luck. Wow – that many boxes – do you have a huge yard/area or what?

                    #3774
                    LonesomeDuck
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                      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!

                      #3775
                      Dana
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                        That’s definitely a bluebird nest! Great picture by the way. Congratulations! :birddance:

                        #3776
                        Carol – Mid-Mo.
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                          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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