Date: 6/23/20 11:32 am From: Richard Harlow <raharlow...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help! Dead Bluebirds
That is highly unlikely. Swallows don't have the kind of bill that will do that kind of damage. However, House Sparrows do and have been know to do damage to Swallows, Bluebirds, nesting in boxes when their nest/box/hole has been disturbed or removed. I suggest you look for either a wren, house sparrow or other nest box bird that has the bill and behavior to do damage to other species.
Dick Harlow Middlebury, VT
On 6/23/20 14:04, kcaterer . wrote: > My father has trouble with swallows entering the bluebird boxes and killing > the family. > > On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 1:41 PM Martha Pfeiffer < > <0000001a1bef7484-dmarc-request...> wrote: > >> A friend of mine went to clean out the Bluebird box from this first >> nesting. He hadn't seen any activity in more than a few days. What was >> inside the box was a male bird = dead - and all the hatchlings were dead. >> I have photo. The female was busy feeding until recently. There is no >> sign of disturbance of the nest, no feathers strewn around, nothing violent >> occurred, The male is fully intact. I have a photo. Please, any ideas >> what could have happened to this family of Bluebirds?Disease?? >> What???Thanks for any response. >> >> >> Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset >>