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Re: bluebirds

  • To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] bluebirds
  • From: "Libby Valentine" <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 09:21:56 -0500
  • References: <200402241244.AA453640592@mail2.gbronline.com> <0cd901c3fb35$25258440$210110ac@DICKSON>

Don't keep them too well cleaned out!  Sometimes they start building their
nest and it takes a while for them to finish - if you keep cleaning up as
they're trying to build, they will go elsewhere.  I clean mine out in the
late fall and then check them early spring, mostly to make sure no wasps'
nests have been started.  If they have 2 or 3 broods I try to clean out in
between, but timings not always easy and they don't seem to care much.
Somehow I have ended up with 3 boxes fairly close together, because the tree
swallows use the one on the far end, and the bluebirds use the middle one
first and the one closest to the house later in the summer.  It's contrary
to all the best advice and research, but it has worked here.

Your setup sounds great; just give them time. It does help if you have open
space with some shrubs around, or a tree in the middle of some open space.
I even put a 2"x2" wooden stake (about 4-5' high) out in the side yard for a
few years - they love to sit on top and watch for insects to catch.

I have a feeder for them (mealworms), too.

Good luck - they're worth it!

Maryland zone 6

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2004 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bluebirds

> Thanks Pam, I followed all the suggestions on the bluebird web site...
> only so high .... on a fence away from trees... away for the prevailing
> winds...  and placed them 100 yards  apart...  I have been told that I
> to just be patient and keep them cleaned out.  A master gardener has them
> the other side of town out in a subdivision with lot of cedar trees
> I guess they just have to find me.
> Patricia
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2004 12:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] bluebirds
> > If I remember correctly - bluebirds can be territorial and you should
> > place the boxes 100 feet apart or something like that. They won't nest
> > too close to each other. Will try to look that up when I get home, but I
> > think that's right.

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