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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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This pair is currently feeding it's second clutch. These pics are from the first. It'll be interesting to see if they go for a third. I had a pair start a third in late July a couple years ago and successfully raise it.







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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 08:50 PM
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Re: Bluebirds

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Re: Bluebirds

Great photos, but I'm envious! Bluebirds visited my bird house for days during the spring, but never began nest-building. A male house wren checked it once and began stuffing it with sticks immediately! The female was impressed, they did the deed, and a brood of young just left the box.

I immediately cleaned the box, but don't expect any nesters: wrens, swallows, or bluebirds! My box is in an open area of yard overlooking 100 acres of soybeans with weed edges which seems to be bluebird nirvana, but house wrens win out every year!

Thanks for sharing your photos.

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Re: Bluebirds

Wrens, despite their size are more aggressive and generally will out-compete a bluebird for a nest box. We had bluebirds raise one brood and as soon as they were out, house wrens took over. They took out the bluebird nest stick by stick and then rebuilt their own, kind of interesting to watch. All of this despite the fact that I have 3 wren houses up as well with the smaller wren appropriate opening! On the upside, wrens also eat a lot of bugs!

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Re: Bluebirds

Neat capture!
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Re: Bluebirds

Nice!
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Re: Bluebirds

Like the shot on the box. Thanks for sharing.

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