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Old 05-26-2010, 10:01 AM   #11
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Last year this little wren used the box....
Is this a house sparrow nest?-dscf6199.jpg
This spring she returned and started to build her soft mossy nest.
Is this a house sparrow nest?-dscf7785-june.jpg
The next time I checked the box a SPARROW flew out and those eggs were in a stick nest built over the top of the wrens nest.... I'm assuming them to be from the sparrow since the entire nest structure had changed.....

Soooooooooooo the next day I snuck in from behind and trapped the sparrow inside of it scarring the heck out of her. I removed the eggs, took that photo and set them back. (I too am too soft hearted to kill)
The following week I returned to find both the sparrow and eggs gone....
I removed the sparrows stick nest and left the soft mossy nest layer below it should the wren return...

I viewed and compaired the various sparrow, wren and titmouse eggs on the net and they all look the same to me.... I think the only way a person could tell what type of eggs they have found are by the way the nest itself is built....

I know my little wren builds soft moss lined nests.
The course sticks set in on top of that told me I had another resident move in.... The sparrow!
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:42 PM   #12
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Good news... Sparrow's gone and the WREN is back in building up a storm!
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Good news... Sparrow's gone and the WREN is back in building up a storm!
Havalota, that's great news!!

Guess your "pass interference" paid off in scaring the house sparrow away.

I'm learning so much about bird nests reading these posts about about different styles of bird nests and seeing the great bird nest photos members post.

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Old 06-07-2010, 04:46 PM   #14
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Just thought I'd post a quick update. I finally saw the momma bird and it is a house sparrow's nest. But oddly when I looked for the eggs, they were gone and I have no idea what happened to them. I never saw/heard any babies. Maybe some predator ate them.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:03 PM   #15
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THAT'S what happened to mine too! Weird.
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I think the both of you have friends or maybe neighbors who are removing the eggs. Someone's looking out for you unless maybe snakes are going up the poles?
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:20 AM   #17
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No one on my land! I'd see their tracks.
You know.... those signs we all looked for during your contest.
Grass bent over, dew missing....
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:15 AM   #18
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I would have said the same thing looking at the link you provided HOWEVER...... Take a look at these......
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Last week I took a peek into my cute little wrens box since I had noticed a nest of moss being built inside. A rotten sparrow flew out!

This week I snuck in and put my hand over the entry to scare the dickens out of her hoping she'll leave on her own...
This is what I found. 4 little sparrow eggs.
I wanted to smash them after learning about their killing occupants and taking their nests over but a cute little chickadee landed nearby and sat there watching me.
I failed, and set them back......I just don't have the heart to kill things even if that cruddy thing may have killed my petite wren I liked so!
Cirsiums article http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...bluebirds.html had a great link which shows "How to identify eggs." Cavity nester egg identification and comparison by size: House Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Bluebird, House Sparrow Seems the eggs I had ASSUMED to be sparrows (Having seen her fly from the nest box) were the titmouse as bridget1964 had suspected! Sure glad I hadn't deleted them after all!
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