June 23, 2018 at 9:58 pm #6634ReneeinWinslowParticipant
Well the tres fledged last week. The second Robins nest was destroyed by a terrible storm we had a few weeks ago. I was set to have a second nesting with a Prothonotary Warbler. The female was to have layed her 5th egg this morning but a @#$%! house wren came from out of no where and destroyed all of her eggs. This is the first time that a wren has ever made an appearance this late. They have been around at the begining of May and then disappear for the rest of the year. It may be that because of the storm there are a lot of fallen trees which means broken branch piles around the neighborhood. I was going to put up a wren guard after her first egg but didnt. Next year I most definitely will.
When the new wears off the old shines through
When The New Wears Off The Old Shines Through.June 24, 2018 at 3:01 pm #6635blue diamondsParticipant
Renee…..sorry about the pesky house wren ruining your nest! I had them destroy 5 bluebird eggs, two days before they were due to hatch. I had a wren guard up. Here in Michigan they show up the same time as the bluebirds and are here until fall. Each morning I can hear them singing from all directions in my yard……..grrrr. Our neighborhood is not the typical wren habitat, yet they are everywhere!
Judy-MichiganJune 26, 2018 at 10:50 pm #6649SassyParticipant
So sorry also Renee for your loss of all 5 Prothonotary eggs. I used to think the song of the HOWR was so beautiful, but I never knew how destructive they were until I got my first Bluebird box 3 years ago and joined this group and started reading past posts and sialis.org. Now I dread hearing them. They arrive here about the same time as the Bluebirds also but there isn’t much we can do about them, but hope they do not get into the Bluebird box and cause problems.
Connie (PA)June 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm #6651
Oh Renee. You know I feel for you. It’s heart breaking.
The thing about these birds is they will kill ANY eggs and young they find, in a box or not. I guess given their small size they can’t tolerate any competition for food in their territory.
They killed all 8 of my white egg female’s eggs in her first two attempts but never did find the ones in the other box. Today all three of those hatched and are looking healthy. I hope the wren is busy elsewhere for the next week or so.
Atlanta, GAJune 28, 2018 at 9:52 am #6659Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Gin, yes we know how you feel about wrens. Glad you had at least one successful hatch & hope they fledge successfully. Was this from the female that lays white eggs or a different gal? I believe you have not had very good success in the past few years with the blues – is that right?June 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm #6661tamseaModerator
So sorry, Renee. I hate wrens!! I haven’t seen many here but I have one friend that had wrens destroy eggs and another friend and my daughter that had to use Wren guards.
TammyJuly 1, 2018 at 10:20 am #6697
You know how I feel about wrens? lol Wonder how.
Yep, same female.
Luck here with EABL has been dismal the last couple of years but the CACH and TUTI keep me from being too bored! They need a little help also.
Atlanta, GAJuly 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm #6698Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Gin, my theory may be all wrong, but I like to keep those wrens & HOSP busy at different boxes while my blues are nesting in another one. I will trap the HOSP & NEVER, NEVER let any eggs get laid or if I miss one it doesn’t last long. Same thing on the wrens when they are around, I let them put sticks in the box, I take the sticks out, let them put more in, etc. Only one time did wrens hatch because they nested inside our boat trailer hitch or something and I didn’t know it until it was too late. Needless to say that cubby-hole got stuffed from then on.July 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm #6699tamseaModerator
Gin, They got your newest eggs too?!!!
TammyJuly 4, 2018 at 8:57 pm #6750
Oops sorry to be misleading. I have week old EABL in a box. Finally! They were doing just fine last time I checked.
Atlanta, GAJuly 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm #6779ReneeinWinslowParticipant
Thanks everyone for all of your support. That little B@s/@rd wren disappeared after destroying the eggs. Havent heard or seen one since that day nor the warblers either. I left the nest in the box but doubt it will be used. On a happier note the blues are on their second nesting and she layed her first egg this morning. She picked the larger tres box onstead of the blue box. Spooker up this morning.
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