Date: 2/8/18 7:10 am From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> Subject: Re: Herb and his amazing Bird NestsBOXES!
Thanks for the nice words Jerry. I just sent this email to Rick Gaeta so to save some time I'll forward it with one addition. I have 9 pictures in a PABirds folder for anyone that wants a picture. I picked them out of the thousands of pics and videos of bird ,squirrel, chip monks Raccoons and even Porkys that visit here. I had a wood duck nest box in a tree for years. One spring while cleaning it my son put his hand in the nest to sweep out the nest. In the nest was a sleeping opossum It got a big shock when it hit the ground. It got so much of a shock that instead of running away using the ponds dam it jumped in the pond to swim to the other side.. One more thing I did not tell Rick was that people use our dirt road to dump old tires to, to avoid paying the fee for disposal. So I used to pick them up off my 1,000 feet of road. I put hay in them by the pond to be used by the Canada Geese that would visit here and nest. They did nest in the tires till my bass in the pond got to big and used the baby Geese for a meal. Now the tires are home to some very large snakes.
Thanks for the nice words Rick. Until last spring my son and I cleaned the bird houses every spring and watched as all the nests were used mostly by Tree Swallows. We could tell there were babies by the peeps as you walked close to the nest and watched as Mom and Dad fed the young. We cleaned them all every spring and never found the remains of dead young. That does not mean that none died because I find that birds are neat house keepers. When the eggs hatch Mom or Dad take the shells out and drop them. Its possible they would take out a dead baby. But they all seem to have had young every year. As for Folgers. When I left them red I wound up being a father to bee's. They loved the color red so they built their nests in the red cans. Not that I dont like bees because bee's are threatened to. They also play an important roll in our lives by pollinating veggies I have since started to paint them brown. I bought a one car garage for my 2 lawn mowers. So I put 3 Folgers on each side and one over the back door. The one in back is home to a Blue bird pair every year. We did not clean the nests last year because I was in N.J. having a stent put in an artery to my heart and was in no condition to climb ladders when we came home. The birds used every nest anyway. As for heat in the nest thats why I put a flat on the top of both plugs so that heat which rises escapes. As for cold thats Moms job to keep the babies warm as Dad fetches the food just like us humans. I think about 99% of my birds using the nests are Tree Swallows. Thats ok by me because I love to sit on the bench by my pond and watch them hawk insects from the water. I must have 5 or 6 thousand pictures and videos on this computer of all the birds and animals here.Oh I did get a booklet and plans on making a Kestrel nest box from a Katheryn Andrews from Hawk Mountain. I plan on making 3 more to see if I can get the kids of the 2 that have nested in my Owl box since we put it up 6 or 7 years ago to nest here to..
Herb Flavell, Gods Knob. Milk Can Corners, Susquehanna County.