Date: 6/23/20 4:14 pm
From: Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help! Dead Bluebirds
These nestbox gore-stories are certainly difficult to hear about. (esp
after Ian Clark's beautiful series of videos) thought is whether
the historic relentless de-foresting and industrial farming of the
land possibly played a role in, or intensified, the development of
ferocious nesting site competitive behaviors over time. I mean, is it
pure nature or are we also part of the causality chain?Thank you, Veer
Frost, Passumpsic

On 6/23/2020 at 6:53 PM, "David Starrett" wrote:In Missouri I had
constant battles with House Sparrows that killed bluebird clutches.
Bluebird parents sometimes lost the battle defending their young. We
tried all the sparrow deterrents, but I finally took the boxes down.
I once witnessed a sparrow sitting on a feeder 20 feet away, watching
for the bluebird parent to leave the box, then shoot like a bullet
straight across the yard into the box and had murdered the clutch in
less than 2 minutes, ejecting some of the young. Was really
disturbing to see nature in the raw.


David Starrett
Keene, NH

From: Vermont Birds on behalf of Richard Harlow
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:31 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help! Dead Bluebirds

That is highly unlikely. Swallows don't have the kind of bill that
do that kind of damage. However, House Sparrows do and have been know
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
> 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
>> 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
>> I have photo. The female was busy feeding until recently. There
is no
>> sign of disturbance of the nest, no feathers strewn around, nothing
>> occurred, The male is fully intact. I have a photo. Please, any
>> what could have happened to this family of Bluebirds?Disease??
>> What???Thanks for any response.
>> Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset
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