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Old 06-01-2011, 12:49 PM   #31
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I'm not even sure what the house wren's song sounds like...and, being that I don't want to deal with attacks on other nestlings, I hope I don't find out.
There you go....Bird Songs and Sound of House Wren

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I even find the house wren's song annoying now.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:44 PM   #32
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Thanks, havalotta.

I'll check it out, but will look for the Carolina wren's song too... that is a favorite bird of mine with a beautiful song.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:41 PM   #33
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The other day, I disinfected the nestbox that I'd left open since the tragedy. I rinsed it, let it dry, closed it back up, and hoped for the best.

Today, with the sun settting, I noticed a pair of bluebirds on the power lines! I'm glad they are back. I guess part of me thought they might just abandon our yard altogether after what happened.

I'm really hoping they nest again and with greater success.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:22 AM   #34
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If it makes anybody feel any better, according to Sialis.org - For Eastern Bluebirds, about 55-84% of nesting attempts fail (Radunzel et al 1997.)
I'm pretty sure house wrens did in my last brood on top of the hill because it was too near house wren habitat. I've since removed the box and placed it further away from wooded edges and very far away from where it was. However I'm not certain is was definitely house wrens. We did find a wasp nest starting inside the predator guard we made for the pole. They could have caused the parents to abandon the nest. It would be ironic that a predator guard caused the problem instead of solving it.

The good news is that there are 5 new eggs in the box nearest the house that has had a 100% success rate since we installed the predator guards making it the second brood of the season.

I've never tried a wren guard but it may be useful, timing is crucial for their success which requires daily monitoring. It has to be placed after the first egg is laid but before the last one. Also if house wrens have attacked that box before it is less successful.

This is the Sialis page on house wrens for more info.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:57 AM   #35
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Thanks, linrose...I much prefer the 100% success rate, but I guess that is not the way of nature.

Good luck with your latest brood.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:28 PM   #36
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I'm guessingthatthe wren is trying to avoid competition for insects to feed their young...and future competition of their progeny with the progeny of the chickadees. I am still not very fond of blue jays since finding out as a kid about their bullying behaviors.
They are such a pretty bird but they sure don't play nice!

Today he or she was chasing the robins which are just minding their own business. The Jay has claimed my yard as his and I've found dead fledglings too. I don't do anything out of the ordinary to attract the bully but put out some cheap bird seed mix[about a cup a day] and fresh water.

I'm hoping when the Jay's finish fledging things will settle down.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #37
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There you go....Bird Songs and Sound of House Wren

Sorry Jack

Okay, so though I may be late, I put the chickadee house back up today after giving it a year off. Perhaps I'll get a late nesting of chickadees, and hopefully, after not finding any nesting site last year, the wrens have moved on to a disastrous end.
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Hey Jack, hope your chickadees have better luck this year.The Lincoln Park Zoo here in Chicago has put up nest boxes for black capped chickadees this year to monitor. Maybe they will pass on some information we can use.

http://www.lpzoo.org/blog/index.php/evaluating-nesting-success-of-black?blog=19

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Last year zoo biologists noted an increase in native birds nesting around the boardwalk. Red-winged blackbirds nested en masse in the bulrush surrounding the pond, and Baltimore orioles and house finches used the oak trees next to the People’s Gas Education Pavilion.
All this nesting represents a great success for Nature Boardwalk. However, one group remains conspicuously absent from the boardwalk during breeding season: cavity-nesting birds.
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Black-capped chickadees are well known for their ability to nest in suburban and urban landscapes, making them a prime candidate for urban conservation. These small birds can also provide insight into the challenges urban cavity nesters face while raising young
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