Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:40 AM
I have tried for years to get Blue Birds in at my place. Wasn't till my Daughter in law and son got me a pro-Blue Bird house did I find out I was doing it all wrong, so the following spring I picked the location they said would best work, and had a pair checking it out. And to my excitment they started a nest. and as I was very careful to look cause it seemed they had left and was unseen for a week I open the side and about fell over to see this cool looking nest and 4 eggs.. I crept outside at night and with my fingers overs the flashlite lens to only allow a glimse of light excape I shine it ever so lightly in the openning and sure enought she was on the nest. we had went away for a week and when we came back I had walked by the nest and noticed she was not there so I took a peek and seen the little ones and quickly closed it. My hopes were coming true to have such beatiful birds in my yard. Then I made a big mistake. as I get home very early in the morning I eat a bit before bed and enjoy watching the morning parade of birds to the feeder and other buffet I provide. ( even have large groups of turkets come in, so much them and the dog now ignore each other. But as I sat there I noticed something went intot he bluebird box and I grabbed my field glasses knowing it was not a bluebird. i seen it come out and drop soemthing to the ground. it was a house sparrow.... I hurried out side to the box and there on the ground was three babies two were badly hurt and I was affraid to look in the box for fear mother would be injured or killed in the attack of the sparrow on the box. she was not there. I knew it was a weak chance but I put the babies back in the "empty" nest. went in the house fuming at my self. See I read about this happening and that house sparrow are very mean and destuckive to bluebirds. I also read that you can make a Sparrow spooker. I had got the materials, a pom pom and 1x1x24 inch piece of wood, but I had procastinated. My fault, I had left this happen. I went to bed and when I got up went back out and here is the weird part. they was babies on the ground now, most was injured by punture wounds, only one showed signs but was badly injured , so i stopped its suffering. But I went on a anti-sparrow campain. I learned what attracted them and stopped all of it. and to my pleasure 2 more blues came back later that year. picked the box and once I seen one egg in the nest the sparrow spooker went up and waited , the blues stayed as it artical said they would and not a sparrow came near that box. the female sat on the nest, they hatched and she sttented to it , didn't see the male at all during that part. then puff. He is there one morning and has three youngsters in tow and Mom has 2 of her three out of the nest, two days laters mom and pa and 6 youngsters are hanging around... so cool. As I write this I have the Dad sitting on hatched eggs takign care of them as mom is off somewhere on more eggs in a diff nest as I am told. The sparrows are at a minium now. I exspect soondad will be gone with these and go meet up with mom. Between the Bluebird and Blue Swallows the color is so nice to see. We have alot of color now adays if you just follow soem good rules, and I slowly learning them.