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Thread: bluebird nest thief--Not my cat

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    bluebird nest thief--Not my cat

    While in my kitchen today I was watching the bluebird house and what do I see but a House Wren enter the box.
    Two days ago the nest had another set of eggs in it, the Wren took out some nest materials and flew away. Came right back to the nest, it had a bluebird egg in it's beak and flew away with it. Went straight out to see if any eggs were left-NO. But on the new hardware cloth cat protector was fresh yolk, that goofy wren is the problem and not my cat.
    Male house wrens will go about making nests everywhere, until a female finally says yes to start a nest. I was shocked to see this wren destroying the bluebird nest and the eggs.
    Just hope the blues will come back, as I will keep the wren away as much as possible.

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    Don't if we have wrens or not. I don't really know many bird names. I always thought they were small birds. Beaks would too small to hold any size egg in them I could be wrong.
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    i know of other birds doing that. sad in a way, but it is nature.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Do research on the correct size hole for a bluebird birdhouse.

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    Interesting about a male wren building a nest wherever. That explains the wren family residing in a flowerpot on our deck. Guess I was too slow in getting the planters filled this year!!

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    For the first time this year, I saw a cardinal going after a bluebird near the bluebird house. We were away all day Saturday and came home to see a hawk sitting on top of the bluebird house! Fortunately the bluebirds fledge before dawn, so there's hope that the hawk was too late for a meal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Do research on the correct size hole for a bluebird birdhouse.
    The house hole is perfect for the bluebirds but the wren is so much smaller than the bluebirds. The hole for a wren house is just over 1" and for the bluebirds it is 1 1/2", so no problem getting in.

    jingle, it was the wren that I saw it with the shell in the beak flying off, can not mistake a pretty blue egg shell.
    The wren was putting sticks/twigs in my open front Saturday paper box. Around here the wren uses twigs to make the nest, nothing soft at all like the bluebirds are using.

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    I think the blue jays are taking our Dove eggs...sigh...
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    House wrens are a mean bird. They will destroy and even kill the female blue bird if it doesn't leave the nest when the wren attacks.

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    Does anyone know how to preserve a whole birds egg? I found a beautiful blue one when I was just walking across the lawn the other day, with no birds or nest nearby. I would love to save it and put it in the nest I kept from last years winter cleanup. I tried once before on a real egg, and it exploded in my garage one night. We had a big laugh later, when we figured out what made the big noise out there.
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    This is our first year putting up a bluebird house. The first nest belonged to a wren so we got rid of it (no eggs). The next day a pair of bluebirds took up residence. She laid four eggs but we only have two that have hatched. It's been a fun process!
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    I have 8 birdhouses up and around our property. We have had bluebirds, nuthatches, wrens, kingbirds, chickadees, Rosy finches, titmouse,to name a few. I love all of them. The wrens have such a beautiful song, so far I haven't seen them doing anything to the other nests. The finches have nested in my flower baskets and in our small decorative trees. Our neighbor had bluebird and there was a snake in hers that ate the bluebird eggs. She opened the box to check on them and out came a bullsnake. Yikes.
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