[CT Birds] bluebird eggs
dianetucker01 at comcast.net
Fri Apr 16 16:06:34 EDT 2010
Jane-Do you think you could say more about the anti-sparrow device? What is it and where can we get it? I am in a daily battle with house sparrows who want to nest in a box allegedly sized for wrens. Every day they begin a nest (and sometimes get pretty far) and I go out and pull it out of the nest box. The next day we do it again. Little do they realize I WILL NEVER GIVE UP. So this little doohickey would save everyone a lot of trouble!
On Apr 15, 2010, at 8:30 PM, <jayne.amico at cox.net> wrote:
> Marty and CT Birders -
> Most bluebirds complete their clutch at five so I am guessing the eggs were warm from incubation. The female will incubate for 14 days. I would continue to monitor the box up until the eyes open and then I recommend not disturbing them anymore as it can cause them to fledge prematurely. I like to see them fledge at 18 days of age, they are strong fliers at that point. Earlier than that and the young may end up on the ground and then would need to be placed back in the nest box.
> During rainy weather it is extremely helpful to have live mealworms available for them to consume and to feed their young. During extended periods of rain the insects bluebirds feed are on are not available and they have been known to abandon their young in order to find enough food for their own survival.
> Keep a good lookout for house sparrows and if they are in the area there is an anti - sparrow device you can attach to the nest box to deter them.
> Good luck and congrats on hosting a wonderful songbird on your property!
> Jayne Amico
> Southington, CT
> ---- Marty Swanhall <mswanhall at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> Checked the nesting box when I got home today and there is now 5 eggs (all blue) in the nest!
>> Marty from Woodbury
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