May 6, 2022 at 5:26 pm #24282
Anyone on here from Wisconsin? I had a failed nesting. Female layed only 1 egg and then abandoned. Waited a good week and she never returned. Then im thinking the same male came around and was checking it out. Kind of sad. Few day later a male was calling and then a other male arrived and they were fighting over the box. Now 2 days later and they haven’t returned. No luck with a female. They all abandoned me. Im disappointed and sad. Our spring has been horrible too. Now it is finally warming up. My first year birding. Praying BB’s come back.
Robbe, West Bend, WIMay 6, 2022 at 5:28 pm #24283
Forgot to mention that i cleaned out the first nest to encourage building a new one
Robbe, West Bend, WIMay 6, 2022 at 5:35 pm #24285Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Robbe, welcome – sorry you are having such a bad start, but sounds like you are doing everything right, especially about cleaning out the box. Keep trying and read everything you can about bluebirding, especially http://www.sialis.org. which is what most here consider our “bible”.May 10, 2022 at 10:23 am #24318
Robbe, have any bluebirds set up housekeeping yet? I’ve been waiting a long time in PA this year, too. I just spotted a nest in the box last night. I was watching, so they must be stealth builders. I hear the male singing constantly, but rarely see him unless something goes near the box. We definitely are off to a slow start here. And yet, the tree swallows started laying eggs 2 weeks earlier than normal. I cannot explain it. Keep us posted. I’m rooting for you.May 10, 2022 at 11:00 pm #24343SkyonitsbackParticipant
Here too (MA), I’ve been monitoring our community garden boxes for over a decade and we’ve never had a year without a bluebird nest. They’ve been around, but not setting up shop. Swallows are well underway. I would not say our weather has been anything unusual: New England always varies a lot with spring.
???May 13, 2022 at 10:01 am #24377
Hi. Was wondering if I could get a hit someone out there!!
I researched a bit and the data from 2021 said the BB population went down from the bad ice storms in Texas that year. Maybe still recovering? Will have to wait and see at the end off 2022 when data comes in. Really sucks to us upper northeast!😒🙄
Robbe, West Bend, WIMay 13, 2022 at 10:07 am #24378
Yeah. It is discouraging. Will keep u posted. I heard a male singing for a female and then another male came in and they fought over territory. 1 male went into box and then came. They flew away. No female came in. This was 2 weeks ago. Nothing since then.🤔😔
Robbe, West Bend, WIMay 13, 2022 at 9:17 pm #24381phillybluesParticipant
I had a nest built early on and then they disappeared for weeks! I thought they abandoned but then this week they finally showed up and laid eggs. It has been a pretty miserable cold spring in SE PA up until this week so maybe they were staying warm somewhere. Weird though.May 13, 2022 at 10:03 pm #24382Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Glad they came back, Phillyblues – I believe this is an unusual thing – them leaving a nest so long before laying eggs but sounds like they knew the weather was not right. Good luck.May 14, 2022 at 1:19 pm #24388
Thank you. Praying another pair comes in 😇🙄
Robbe, West Bend, WIMay 15, 2022 at 10:56 pm #24403
Robbe, I finally found 1 blue egg in the bluebird box on Saturday….today it was 2 blue eggs. It’s clearly a new female, because the nest includes two blue-black, curving, iridescent feathers. It’s very striking. Usually by now I have babies in a box. Don’t give up. I’ll say some prayers for you!!
Fyi I still have not seen these bluebirds who are setting up housekeeping here, and I’ve been in the yard quite a bit. They’re very elusive. I have no idea when they’re out there!May 16, 2022 at 8:21 am #24406SkyonitsbackParticipant
Julie, I’m happy for you!May 16, 2022 at 10:16 am #24409David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Great news Julie. I have added this nesting to our stats list for 2022. It looks like a lot of us are going to have late “first” nests this year.
Stafford, VAMay 16, 2022 at 10:49 am #24418
Thanks, Sky! I’m happy, too. I was nervous they preferred the neighbor’s yard, which does have a pond nearby. We just enjoy them so much!
David, so glad you caught this. Once I have a final egg count, I’ll post a new thread with that info. I’m so glad you share that info up the chain, so to speak. I appreciate your efforts!May 18, 2022 at 8:12 pm #24446
Julie,it is exciting to hear u have a new nesting. How many eggs so far? Tree swallow is in my other bluebird box. Haven’t checked it for a few days. First time I encountered one. Was circling around me! I am very new to this. A lot to learn. I am trying to be optimistic another bluebird pair comes in. It is what it is. 😒
Robbe, West Bend, WI
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