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Old 06-30-2011, 08:56 PM   #31
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The second brood is about to fledge. I checked on them this evening, and I couldn't help but pet the head of one of the nestlings carefully with one finger. It was so soft and warm! I'll never forget that feeling.

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"But America nearly lost its beloved bird.

Frank Reindt, an expert in avian population at Harvard University, said that in the mid-1800s, boats full of European settlers arrived on American shores, bringing with them two more aggressive songbirds: the house sparrow and the European starling.

Both bluebirds and the non-native sparrows and starlings are cavity nesters, meaning they need to raise their young inside dead trees, or other hollow wooden areas. The introduction of the sparrow and starling made nesting cavities prime real estate, Reindt said.

“When competing for a nest with a starling, the bluebird will usually lose,’’ said Reindt. Sparrows are even known to invade bluebird nests and eat their eggs."

"He spends about four hours a day visiting his 97 bluebird houses in Easton, Stoughton, and Brockton. He comes to protect the small birds from bullying animals, to make sure they have the comforts they need to successfully nest, and sometimes to bring mealworm treats. And, of course, he comes to watch.

“When I skip the birds for a day, I am stricken with guilt,’’ he said."
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:05 PM   #32
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The second brood is about to fledge. I checked on them this evening, and I couldn't help but pet the head of one of the nestlings carefully with one finger. It was so soft and warm! I'll never forget that feeling.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:08 PM   #33
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I'm happy to announce that my bluebird pair have a new nest built in the cleaned out nestbox. I swear they built it in no time at all...one evening I opened it, and, to my disappointment, I found it empty. The next day I opened it again and saw a half-built nest! (Maybe I lost track of time and it was two days, but I don't think so.)

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It's amazing how fast they can build them.
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It's amazing how fast they can build them.
Yeah, I was a little shocked.
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