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  • #5285
    thcri
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      Not sure if I posted this or not. I thought I had but can’t find where I did. I had two nests this spring and it seemed as though there was only one male. He would and was flying between the boxes since built. Each box had eggs laid starting the same day. Hatching started the same day for both boxes. However one box only had four eggs.

      Today July 4th I am happy to report all nine fledged. This could have happened a few days ago as I was out of town. Both boxes have had the nests cleaned out and it looks as if a new nest is being built. This has never happened to me as I usually end up cleaning them out.

      #5289
      Lisa
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        What do you mean by cleaned out? Like, the nest gone?

        #5298
        tamsea
        Moderator

          Wow…I know that males can have two females at one time but I’ve never known anyone that’s actually seen it. Really weird too how they cleaned their own nest out. Not unbelievable at all but not really the norm!

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          Tammy

          #5333
          thcri
          Participant

            No sign of any Blues around today. I am enclosing pictures of the two nest boxes. Usually after a fledging the nest boxes are very messy. I usually after about a week clean them out. These are clean and looks like they started a new nest. There is no sign that these babies were harmed or any notice of nest around the area. It is like they cleaned the nest up and started new. Maybe they are planning on coming back later.

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            #5341
            Carol – Mid-Mo.
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              I’m confused – what kind of nest is this, what type bird?

              #5347
              tamsea
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                Today I had a similar experience. I had one box on the trail that had babies that were maybe a week from fledging. I finally got around to checking it again and there’s a brand new nest in it with 4 eggs. I don’t see any sign of the old nest at all. There’s no sign that the babies didn’t fledge so I’m assuming they did but that was one flat compact nest in there and had to be a lot of work to clean it out. Weird.

                Tammy

                #5355
                Lisa
                Participant

                  The nests are usually flat and compact after fledge though, right?

                  #5356
                  thcri
                  Participant

                    Iā€™m confused ā€“ what kind of nest is this, what type bird?

                    Bluebird. Here is a picture of the male.

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                    #5358
                    thcri
                    Participant

                      What do you mean by cleaned out? Like, the nest gone?

                      Gone and started to rebuild. Look at the pictures I posted. Usually I clean them out,,, they are a mess the nest box. These look like they were cleaned pretty good and started to rebuild.

                      #5362
                      tamsea
                      Moderator

                        Yes, the nests are always flat compact after fledging time,

                        Tammy

                        #5366
                        thcri
                        Participant

                          The nests are usually flat and compact after fledge though, right?

                          Yes but very messy and the whole nest is there at least in my experience. These nest are very clean like they’ve used new material I don’t know if I should empty them out or leave them be

                          #5369
                          dogsandbirds
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                            I think you should definitely leave them.

                            Gin
                            Atlanta, GA

                            #5382
                            thcri
                            Participant

                              I think you should definitely leave them.

                              That answers my question. I have a bluebird flying around in my backyard right now. Not checking out the boxes though.

                              #5384
                              thcri
                              Participant

                                Well the worse or almost the worse. A wren is in one of the boxes and clearing out the nest. A wren blocker is way too late.

                                I am thinking I should just take the boxes down. I fought with the wrens all last summer and they won. :(

                                #5386
                                Lisa
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                                  I did a wren guard on my box after they already got my first batch and it worked. I know it’s not supposed to but it did.

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