March 18, 2017 at 10:53 pm #3299David in Stafford,VAParticipantMarch 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm #3300
Aww ….Cute. I wish we could upload photos directly from our computer like we can on Facebook.
TammyMarch 21, 2017 at 11:25 am #3309David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Here is another received this morning. This one is the female feeding the new young.
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Stafford, VAMarch 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm #3317
Lubricator! What is that box doing on that post? tsk tsk I have raccoons that come in the middle of night and climb right up those posts that hold up my pergola. They walk all around on top of my pergola and get to my feeders that way. I imagine they could do it there too even though that looks to be on a second floor.
I just googled and found photos of a raccoon in Canada that went up 10 floors. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3599601/Crafty-Canadian-raccoon-climbs-10th-floor-balcony-Ontario-cornered-wildlife-control-net.html
TammyMarch 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm #3318
But…I like the photo of her feeding her young.
TammyMarch 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm #3320Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Love the photo, too, Lubricator – but Tammy beat me to that mention of the wooden post. I was also curious why the bluebirds were interested in that box because it is not out in the open like they usually prefer. Are we missing something here? But, anyways, congrats on the babies. Even if the post is vinyl a coon could probably climb right up that railing. Maybe it is possible to install some kind of baffle under that box to keep them safe?March 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm #3326LubricatorParticipant
This is the 3rd year I’ve had bluebirds use this box. I have lived here 20 years and never saw a raccoon. We have squirrels and sometimes they climb the stairs to feed on the tray of sunflower seeds which disturbs the birds. It’s not afraid of the male bluebird anymore. However, I am the perfect scarecrow. That SOB can’t get back down the stairs fast enough. They sure are hard to discourage but they have never come near the nest box.
The chicks are over a week old and I expect they will fledge in around a week to ten days. This makes it 5 breedings in two years. Maybe they will do it 3 times this year seeing they were so early.
Thank David for posting photos.
LubricatorMarch 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm #3327
How amazing that bluebirds nest on your patio of a two story building! First I’ve ever seen. And it looks like you may not have much of a choice to do it that way. I agree you might have 3 nests! I used to every year but recently I have not. I won’t get on your case for mounting it on your porch posts but it will work until it doesn’t. You could go for years without anything happening but at some point it will. It’s just too easy for critters including squirrels to get to…..or snakes!!!! Do you have rat snakes in your area? They LOVE eggs and babies. But for now…enjoy your bluebirds.
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