Date: 6/23/20 6:54 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help! Dead Bluebirds
Years ago some guy in Wisconsin designed a bluebird nest box with a hole in the top. This worked for the bluebirds and kept the House Sparrows away. He said he was inspired by bluebirds that nested in fence posts out his way. I can’t recall if that was the entrance hole or a “skylight “ hole. But he said that the rain didn’t bother the bluebirds.

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> On Jun 23, 2020, at 6:52 PM, David Starrett <starrettda...> 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.
> Dave
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> David Starrett
> Keene, NH
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> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Richard Harlow <raharlow...>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:31 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...> <VTBIRD...>
> 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
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