May 23, 2022 at 7:48 pm #24488
We have a tall, beautiful nest in one of our boxes at the community garden, but no one has seen the female in a while. It took a long time for the male to find a mate, and we rejoiced when he finally did, but she didn’t stick around long. The other day when I was at the garden, he was singing for a long time on a pole, like he was looking for a mate again.
One of my bluebird colleagues is asking, should we remove the nest? She’s concerned another female might not want to use what she didn’t build herself. Does anyone have experience with this, or have advice for us? I’m feeling really wary about removing a bluebird nest, until the male at least abandons it, too.May 24, 2022 at 9:48 pm #24929
Happy news: the female is back! They are busy building once again :)
We removed the fishing lines we had up and also put out meal worms. Whether it was one, both, or a coincidence, within an hour, things were back in swing.
We are ecstatic as this is the latest start we’ve ever had for a first nest! We were despairing that for the first time, we wouldn’t have bluebirds grace us this year.
Thanks, everyone, for your advice, because it was after reading the “watch and wait” tenor, my bluebird colleagues came up with the ideas to try other things.May 24, 2022 at 9:57 pm #24930
Good for you, Sky, Perseverance does pay off. We look forward to their progress.
Stafford, VAMay 25, 2022 at 9:19 am #24943JulieParticipant
Sky, this thread was such a learning experience for me! Thank you for sharing the details and entire saga. Congrats on the community garden bluebird nest!!! What fun that must be for everyone to enjoy. I know how much my neighbors all enjoy the bluebirds here. There are people who purposely walk by to see what’s going on. They do bring people together.May 25, 2022 at 7:51 pm #25079Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Sky, yes contrats on the community garden! We had one here in our small community for about 4 or 5 years but apparently didn’t work out because they aren’t there any more. These were just raised garden beds, no bird boxes. There are people who just do not have the capability or space for a small garden and I thought that was a great idea.May 25, 2022 at 8:16 pm #25080
You know what’s funny—I don’t garden there! I don’t enjoy a garden that’s not right outside my door. But it’s a great spot for birds and I’ve been monitoring the boxes there many years. Over time, two gardeners got interested and one became a dear friend. The bluebirds brought us together :)May 27, 2022 at 9:16 pm #25127
We found our first blue egg today :) Up went the spook.June 4, 2022 at 10:55 am #25916
Now aren’t you glad that you waited? How many eggs did you get in this nesting?
Stafford, VAJune 4, 2022 at 10:43 pm #25920
5 eggs!June 5, 2022 at 12:30 pm #25926
Great. I am Very happy for you after the questionable start. Bluebirds are persistent, aren’t they?
Stafford, VAJune 6, 2022 at 9:25 am #25930Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Sky, that is great news – congrats!
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