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Old 04-10-2011, 11:48 AM   #11
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Thanks for the great pictures, Linrose. You own some beautiful property there. There must be a good selection of wildlife in the area too??
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:05 PM   #12
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Yes, we see a lot of deer and turkey. There's been one lone male turkey strutting and gobbling in the field for a few days now. I don't think he's having much luck with the ladies!
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5 eggs in the first box, one in the last box this morning! I'm keeping an eye on the last box because last year the cowbirds thought it would be a good home too. Perhaps it is a bit too close to the woods.
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5 eggs in the first box, one in the last box this morning!
Congratulations! Five eggs! Last year the most "my" pair had was four.

Yesterday, I spotted a male bluebird perched on one of the nestboxes! YAY! (I had to zoom in and take a picture and upload it before I could identify it at that distance--the picture is too blurry for even me to share.)

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I'm keeping an eye on the last box because last year the cowbirds thought it would be a good home too. Perhaps it is a bit too close to the woods.
Hmm... Sorry about the cowbird... however, they are native birds and I'm not sure about removing the egg.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:19 PM   #15
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First the good news. The five eggs in the lower box are hatched! The bad news, the five eggs in the upper box are all gone. All that is left are a couple of feathers. I have a predator guard on the pole so I'm assuming it was the work of birds. I did not see any other evidence.

Perhaps I have to rethink my box placements, at least that one that has had cowbirds in the past. I have not seen any wrens or house sparrows.

On a happier note here is a pic of the hatchlings from today.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:26 PM   #16
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Wow, Are they ever FUZZY!
Sorry to hear about your loss....Let's hope nothing annihilates these.
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Sorry to hear about the lost eggs.

I'm glad you have good news as well. The hatchlings are *adorable*--great shot!

There are five eggs in our farthest bluebird box...I hope they make it to fledge and beyond. I've had good luck in the past.
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Still fuzzy, but darker I think.
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Still fuzzy, but darker I think.

Definitely darker (I just compared the two pictures)....and oh so cute.
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Good news! The top box that lost all its eggs now has 3 new ones. I saw the mom nervously hovering nearby while I was there. Again I checked the predator guard for any signs like scratch marks for the cause. Nothing.

I am hoping this next clutch survives.
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