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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2021, 01:22:06 PM »



Our third clutch with 3 pretty blue eggs. So...we now have Cane Ridge 49, 50 and 51 as of last Wednesday, 7-14-21.
If the rain pauses later this afternoon, Jim will go back opening up the nesting box and see what we have in there and how things are going.
He'll take a quick snap for me to post later.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2021, 05:56:42 PM »

Our third clutch for this pair of bluebirds is doing nicely thus far.
Jim snaped this early this afternoon.
We now have four tiny eggs. And, it does'n't look like there'll be a fifth. You might recall that BBs lay an egg a day once on the nest untill all eggs are laid for the season, at that time.
Mom's been laying since  about the 13th So, we think number four was laid either late  yesterday or very early this morning.
We now have Cane Ridge # 49, 50, 51 and 52.    ;)

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2021, 06:56:45 PM »



Bluebird Information:
The basics
http://bluebirdnut.com/bluebird-information/
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2021, 06:36:28 PM »

I was clearing breakfast dishes and looked out the deck doors as is my habit during nesting season and all.
What astonished me was one of our juvies, either #45 or #46 was on the deck rail with a chunk of shelled peanut in it's beak!
BBs don't, as far as I know, eat peanuts.  And, since we've changed over to  shelled ones there's been a run on them by mammals and avians alike.
Lo and behold, that juvie tilted it's head back and down that chunk went!
While standing there in awe, I reached back for my iphone to get a snap.
Darn, darn, darn! Not there *&@!$  Still up stairs.
Well...surely there will be a next time...has to be. B'cuz I don't think anyone would believe me with out one. ::)
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2021, 12:51:35 PM »

Wow Phyliz, perfect report of your bluebirds!!! I know you have been doing this for years & you have the perfect place for them!.
I will have to ask Mindy if she has checked her bluebird boxes. So fun!!!
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2021, 07:06:08 AM »

So glad to see a thread on Bluebirds. I have 5 boxes set up an an acre and a half here in central  NC. Been a bluebirder for years, and always have the mealworms out :)

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2021, 07:13:01 AM »

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2021, 07:13:29 AM »

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2021, 07:14:03 AM »

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2021, 09:02:21 AM »


Jim did a quick look yesterday as he mowed. It's official, no new eggs so Mom's stop laying. She and Dad are busy taking turns on the nest. And, being food truck for juvies.
So, it's gonna be Cane Ridge # 49, 50, 51 and 52.     And, those kids should cap off the season. 

I did a quick calculation in my head yesterday and we must have help bring into the world nigh on to 100 bluebirds in 20 years and spent over $1000.00
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2021, 09:13:41 AM »

Phyliz........I keep checking a box of mine with 4 eggs. Going on two and a half weeks now, and no activity at the box. First time in 8 years that I've had eggs abandoned. Not sure if it was due to the late nesting or not. It is very warm, but the box is in the shade all day. Hope you have success with your late nest.

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2021, 09:26:16 AM »

Hi Raleigheagle and MpMom.
Nice to see you here.
Raleigh, so you don't see mom and dad bluebird activity at all?!  Do you have a baffle on the nesting box post? Jim made one of a clothes dryer vent and slipped it over the post before installing the box. Or a wire cage covering the entrance would keep preadators  from entering.  Wondering if someone kept disturbing the nest causing the parents to leave.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2021, 10:42:23 AM »

Baffle and netting. I've found the netting to be much more effective at catching and stopping the black snakes. I lost three fledglings to a black snake years ago. I'll never make the mistake of leaving a box unprotected again. I even use vaseline on the inside roof of all the boxes, after seeing a nest abandoned (no eggs) to a paper wasp nest. Never had the problem again since I started with the vaseline early in the season.
I saw activity for the first few days after the eggs were laid....nothing since. I can't bring myself to remove the nest and eggs yet, as I want to be 200% sure they have been abandoned. My only guess is that one of the parents must have been killed.

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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2021, 11:53:21 AM »

Gee. That's quite possible. Never had that problem ourselves. Wouldn't even a single parent nurture the nest?   I'd be like you  and not want to remove the eggs too soon.   
I found this for you:
https://www.bing.com/search?q=reasons+a+bluebird+nest+be+abandoned&form=CHRDEF&sp=-1&pq=&sc=0-0&qs=n&sk=&cvid=3D2AEE31E1FB4676A0B312A91511854F

Also, do you know about  Bluebird Nut.com? I mentioned it in the prologue to this thread and on pg. 1 We refer to it from time to time
http://bluebirdnut.com/

Do keep us posted.
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Re: Bluebirds of Cane Ridge, Tennessee
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2021, 12:15:54 PM »

I gave it another week. Unfortunately they have clearly been abandoned. Looking back I remember an early evening when the Bluebirds were going crazy in the trees around the yard. Walked out into the yard and scared off a screech owl. Could have been the reason the eggs were abandoned, but just a guess at this point.
Another very helpful website for bluebirders:

http://www.sialis.org/