What happened to my Bluebirds?

rebeccah_2009June 4, 2013

i had a family of Bluebirds here and now they have disappeared. There were four babies and when i looked in the nest they were gone and so are the adults. We have Bluebirds year round here and I didn't see any sign of a predator. The birds a few days prior didn't look big enough to leave the nest yet. I'm just wondering what could have happened?

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kendra2003

How old were the babies? They usually fledge around day 19, but can fledge as early as day 16. Do you have a predator guard on your pole? If a snake got in there, they can clear out a nest without leaving a mess, and the parent birds would leave. Hopefully that's not the case. I've seen baby birds in open nests (not Blues) jump the nest when a snake gets near. They just dive out even if they're not yet able to fly. But if you know how old they were, they may have been ready to leave? That's my hope anyway.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 8:02PM
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Cindy.Holiman2511

My female has abandoned the nest. The male keeps coming back, going in and out of the nest. The female returns rarely, mostly watching, very few times going in the box. They set up their nest approx. 2 weeks ago. It is a nesting box and I can't see down in it. This is my second year to feed birds, first year to put up birdhouses. I had a successful crop of Chickadees in this same box earlier this season. What should I do?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:07PM
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Anna2014

I had many broods of bb over the past 10 years in a box located on my deck
Last summer the sparrows took over the box will I ever b able to get the bb's back

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 3:03PM
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Anna2014

I had many broods of bb over the past 10 years in a box located on my deck
Last summer the sparrows took over the box will I ever b able to get the bb's back

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 3:06PM
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assabetvalley

Yes, you will be able to get the bb's back - provided you get tough with the sparrows*. You can invest in a VanErt sparrow trap or an elevator cage trap & dispose of them when caught. Go online under Bluebird enemies and VanErt traps for more information.
*English(house)sparrows are not protected by law.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 5:42PM
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ammiann

cindy.holiman2511
I have just found this forum, but wanted to respond to your post. Please get bluebird boxes that you can open and monitor. The blues are people friendly and will not abandon the nest even if you check it daily. That way you can head off some problems like wasps and ants in the box. Last summer I found a dead baby bird in one of my boxes and was able to remove it so the parents could continue to raise the others to fledge. In addition, the blues will nest up to 3 times per season, so you need to clean the old nests out of the boxes as soon as the babies fledge. Snakes are one of the worst predators so you need a snake baffle or do as I do. I twist deer netting around the base of the pole up about 2'. The snakes get caught and I cut them out and release them miles away in the woods.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 9:12PM
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tmann05

You will put yourself and birds in a world of hurt if you don't put up stovepipe baffles on your boxes to protect them against raccoons and snakes. If you do not trap and eliminate sparrows in your neighborhood, you are giving a death sentence to your blues too. Always buy or make your own boxes that open. This is not a hobby where you can just put up a box and leave it. There is a lot of work involved and if you put in the effort, you will be rewarded in the end.

I would like to invite you to join the bluebird nut cafe forum. It is much more active than this site and we have many veteran bluebirders that can give quick answers. Check us out!

http://bluebirdnutcafe.yuku.com/

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 12:42PM
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sagrinin

I have the same question as Kendra. How old were the babies?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:23PM
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sagrinin

I use a sparrow spooker on my nesting box. I put it up after the first egg is laid. It does work. I also use fishing line tacked on either side of the entrance hole.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:26PM
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