Date: 6/23/20 11:55 am
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help! Dead Bluebirds
House Wrens don't always come out on top, though. One time I had Tufted Titmice and House Wrens competing for a box. I watched them as they traded putting nesting material in it for a few days. Then the conflict seemed to stop, so I went and checked the box to see what had happened, and found a House Wren pecked to death inside. After I removed the body, the Titmice moved in and successfully fledged out chicks.

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:31:47 -0400, Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> wrote:

Yes, House Wrens can be nasty. Some years ago I cleaned out a nest box in
the fall and found it full of sticks, typical of a House Wren nest. But
under the sticks was a Tree Swallow nest with dead baby Tree Swallows still
in it. The House Wrens didn't get the Good Housekeeping seal of approval
that year!

--Ken Copenhaver



On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 2:14 PM Brennan Michaels

> This spring we had fledglings ready to fledge and we believe a house wren
> went in and killed them.
> They have done this before. I have come to dislike these cute little birds
> a great deal. They also destroyed a chckadee nest with 7 babies that both
> male and female chickadee were busy feeding.
> You would thunk there would be a sign of violence unless the male protected
> them. The female is now alone without a mate? We have a phoebe who has no
> mate and her nest was destroyed by a red squirrel and we have no idesa what
> happened to his/her mate just that it is all alone calling "phoebe, phoebe"
> often. After this sping/summer I can't imagine how ny birds make it at all.
> Also we now have two adult male robins hopping all over our lawn.
> hope you find out this mystery. so tragic.
> Brennan Michaels Salisbury, VT
> 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
> >
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