Date: 6/15/18 4:12 pm
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] A question on Eastern Bluebirds trails
I am on Dubois Rd, between Rt 96 and 89, near Jacksonville and we have
plenty of swallows and blue birds both. We have lots of farm land, but they
do less spraying (thankfully). I do agree that some species are really
taking a hit this year, though. We had two sets of nesting Carolina wrens,
neither of which were successful. Seems like we have less chickadees and
nuthatches as well. And the chipmunks are my nemesis. We have a yard full
of old black locust trees that are riddled with cavities. There are 5
species of woodpecker we saw courting and mating, but so far no sign of
young. I hope they are all ok too. Oh, and our very fist house sparrow in a
nest box!

The only birds that seem to have an advantage are the Orioles, of which
there are more than I have ever seen in the area.

One funny anecdote, I was walking on the black diamond trail a little while
ago and looked up to find the cedar waxwings I was hearing eating cherries.
In the middle of this big old cherry tree were two sleeping raccoons! They
did not move a muscle, maybe with a belly full of fruit they were having
their siesta. Pretty funny sight!

Enjoy,

Nancy



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On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 5:21 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <
<job121830...> wrote:

> With the decline in food supply (insects) over fields, thanks to farmers'
> spraying, we have almost no swallows *of any kind*. I have one pair now
> on eggs. Their first eggs were destroyed by a male house sparrow.� I put
> a groc. bag over a nearby box to keep out the house sparrows. Surprisingly,
> they have left the swallows alone since then but for the 1st time I can
> recall, the male swallow seems to be going into the box to sit on the eggs
> when the female leaves & is more alert at being protective to chase away
> the sparrows.
>
> I saw maybe all of 8 tree swallows here at home with 100 acres of fields
> all around us this spring ....� & one barn swallow ... at MNWR.�
>
> Blue birds seem more inclined to look for larvae/worms than small flying
> insects caught mid air. One of my boxes had a successful brood of bluebirds
> as did 2 trees with holes in dead wood.� A chipmunk ran by me 2 wks. ago
> with a bird in it's beak, probably taken from a nest in the nearby spruce
> trees.� On the 12th, my daughter saw a chickadee come out of a tiny hole
> in a dead tree carrying an egg sac. I saw it yesterday. I was afraid the
> striped rats (chipmunks) had discovered the hole & managed to get the adult
> &/or babies. I read a study several yrs. ago saying that chipmunks are by
> far the most destructive of any animals combined when it comes to killing
> birds.
>
> Be gentle ....
>
> Fritzie
> On 6/15/2018 3:13 PM, Mona Bearor wrote:
>
> In recent years it seems that Eastern Bluebird trails are raising more
> Tree Swallows than bluebirds if they are anywhere near water.� Has there
> been any research on whether we are artificially raising the numbers of
> Tree Swallows by placing bluebird nestboxes in proximity to water?
>
> Mona Bearor
>
> South Glens Falls
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>
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