Date: 6/9/19 1:06 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
Wow! That must have been horrific to watch. Sad for you and the bluebird. I wonder how often an event like that gets documented.

Take care,

Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA

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> On Jun 9, 2019, at 12:36 PM, Anne Annibali <anneanni...> wrote:
> Sad story. A possible solution is back-to-back houses on one post. Middle Creek WMA does this very successfully since neither bird will tolerate another nest of the same species too close.
> Anne Annibali, Mount Gretna, Lebanon County
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> From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> on behalf of Jim Hill <jimhill.jimhill...>
> Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:41 AM
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: [PABIRDS] Tree Swallow drowning Eastern Bluebird
> This morning a male Eastern Bluebird drowned in our pond defending its nest
> box against Tree Swallows. We had been watching him and his mate carry
> nesting materials to the box until about two weeks ago, when we no longer
> saw the female, who we thought was incubating. He remained very active, and
> we grew quite fond of him, as he perched on a limb close to our house with
> a moth or fly in his mouth. Meanwhile, a pair of swallows had been showing
> increasing interest in the box, which I had originally intended for
> swallows, not bluebirds. When I first noticed the attack this morning the
> bluebird was atop the box while the swallows strafed him. The fight paused
> for a few minutes, then resumed with the bluebird this time taking to the
> air in defense. It was knocked to the water, from which it immediately
> arose. Both sides retreated for a few moments. As the swallows returned to
> the house, the bluebird rushed to its defense. Out of nowhere, two more
> swallows appeared. The swallows again knocked the bluebird into the pond,
> but this time a swallow mounted it and held it down while the other three
> swallows swooped overhead. I yelled to my wife and ran from the house to
> stop the drowning, but for all of my clapping and yelling the swallow
> completed its task. My wife took to the water and scooped up the bluebird,
> which survived only a few more minutes.
> --
> Jim Hill
> Airville area, East Hopewell Township, York County, PA
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