July 9, 2023 at 11:34 am #27415
So the bluebirds are starting the third brood. She made the nest and this morning laid the first egg at around 9. I have a camera in the box which is on motion detection. I got some clips of her going in and sitting on the egg and a couple other of her messing with the nest, even doing her swoosh thing with her legs to form the cup. I just looked at 11 and the egg is gone. Like I said, the motion detection is on so I really don’t think another bird came in and took it out. Does anybody have any ideas what could have happened?
As I was saying she was messing with the nest and after that is when I saw it gone. Do you think she buried it?July 9, 2023 at 11:59 am #27416
Pretty sure it’s a wren, just saw one fly out and the nest is a little messed up. I can’t find the egg anywhere though.
Any advice on what to do?July 9, 2023 at 12:31 pm #27417
I keep answering my own posts haha. I’ve read about the wren guard, going to build one today. Hopefully she tries again tomorrow and I’ll put it up.
Anybody have experience with these? How good do they work? Bluebirds usually take to it?
I’ve seen some pretty good things about them online.July 9, 2023 at 2:27 pm #27418tamseaModerator
I’m sorry to say that the wren guard works when the wren hasn’t found the hole yet. It may or may not work now. My guess is it won’t work but give it a try.
I just went through this with my very first Dee nest at my house. I was so excited. A wren removed all 4 eggs. After I put the wren guard on.
Put sides on your wren guard too.
Sorry. Wrens are scary!! I’d rather have house sparrows.
TammyJuly 9, 2023 at 2:44 pm #27419
Oh man, I hate to hear that for both of you. I’ve never had a wren in my bb house but I just now this year have seen them everywhere. I’m really concerned that next year I will have that problem. They found out they can build a nest under my deck and was successful which means they will probably come back again and again.July 10, 2023 at 1:28 pm #27423
Yea it’s a bummer right? This has been a rough season.
I made a wren guard but I don’t think I’m going to put it up. She just laid an egg this morning, see how it goes. Yesterday late afternoon it tried to go to the house and the male blue grabbed it and pinned it to the ground for a good 5-10 seconds. Hopefully he got the point. I have my blink motion detection on and ready to go and I have been keeping an eye out. They seem to hanging around the box more and she has actually been sitting in there on the egg a lot today. Which is weird cause there is only one egg. Anyway, fingers crossed.July 10, 2023 at 2:02 pm #27424
I hope the wren finds another place to roam. I’ve been trying to catch a wren in a cage so I can take it away but apparently it doesn’t weigh enough to activate the trap. Every year a new challenge. I have a camera in mine but not a blink.July 12, 2023 at 8:11 am #27426
Does your camera have sound? I caught a wren in there in the beginning of the season and I shouted at it through the cam. Seemed to work, for a while anyway. I still hear this one at the tree tops singing away almost all morning, but two eggs and so far so good.July 12, 2023 at 8:44 am #27427
My camera has sound but not like a blink sound that you can talk into. I have a blink but not in my bb house. Thats great! I have 3 baby bb’s 17 days old and something happened to the male BB three days after they hatched but the female has been feeding them. Hoping they fledge before something happens to her. I think my wren was a Carolina Wren after researching. I don’t think they go in nest boxes from what I read. Next year if I don’t take a break from bluebird nesting, I will definitely put up a wren guard even though I have never seen them in my box.July 17, 2023 at 1:01 pm #27435
Dave I would not keep the wren guard off. That wren will be back and I would protect the next eggs that are laid. Mom bird will not mind.
Stafford, VAJuly 23, 2023 at 8:27 pm #27448tamseaModerator
I agree with David in Stafford. The wrens will probably get the new eggs too. It’s their thing. If put up a wren guard.
Ilovebluebirds…are you talking about Carolina wrens? They are awesome to have. House Wrens are cavity nesters and I’ve never heard of them nesting under a deck. The Carolina Wren has an eye stripe and they nest in unusual places but they never nest in nestboxes. (Although I think I’ve heard of it happening once) and they are not aggressive.
TammyJuly 24, 2023 at 8:10 am #27452
I tried to post a pic of wren but I’m not sure how but it does have a white stripe above the eye and thank you.July 24, 2023 at 10:32 am #27453
Here is the text from the April 23 post about posting photos from “imjur” (a free photo service online) for your information. Glad to answer any questions if you are interested in this route.
This procedure will help you post photos from your phone to this forum if you use it on The Bluebird forum.
I am assuming that you have your photos on your phone. Let me know if you are trying to post from your PC.
Download and install the imjur mobile app to your phone. Upload your photos to imjur.
Prepare your post in the forum. DO NOT CLOSE!
1. Open the imjur app. From the homepage, tap the “contact” icon in the bottom right corner (circle and oval) This should take you to your photos.
2. Tap photo to post.
3. Tap “share” or the share arrow in the lower right corner.
4. Click “Copy Link”.
5. Go back to the forum and paste your link. You will not see the photo here.
6. When you finish your post, tap “submit+.
You will see your post and photo in the thread above.
This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by David in Stafford,VA.
Stafford, VAJuly 25, 2023 at 9:02 am #27454
I am posting from PC but I should be able to pull it up on my phone and do it that way. thank you so much.July 25, 2023 at 8:01 pm #27455
I find it easier to do from my PC. Just download the app from imjur, set up your account, upload photos from you pc to imjur. select the picture(s) to post click copy (next to the BBcodes in the list to right of the photos) and paste the code in your forum post.
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