Date: 3/29/18 8:59 am From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebird behavior - Clearfield County
Thanks for the nice post. It is refreshing to see the joys people can experience from nestboxing, and it provides habitat and safety to our little friends.
Wrens are always a problem. keeping most boxes away from their habitat is the best way I know to foil them.
Jerry Kruth Pgh
-----Original Message----- From: Rick & Marianne Atkinson <marianne5...> To: PABIRDS <PABIRDS...> Sent: Thu, Mar 29, 2018 8:28 am Subject: [PABIRDS] Eastern Bluebird behavior - Clearfield County
Sorry for the late post.
On March 27, I observed a pair of bluebirds on my property checking out 4 of the 14 bluebird boxes that I have, in a period of about 10 minutes. I cleaned the boxes out in the middle of Feb. during the warm weather. :-)
I saw the male and female bluebirds go into and also perch on 4 different boxes that are in the same general area. I hope they hurry up and start nest building and fledge their young before the House Wrens come back. I have seen the wrens destroy and remove bluebird eggs and all nesting material from boxes, before making their own nest.
The wrens have also just built their nest on TOP of the bluebird nests. They have done this to tree swallow nests also.