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Posted May 10, 2012 - 08:39 PM

I've never seen a shared nest like that before, it's really neat. Thanks for the pictures, looking forward to more. It's going to be cool watching to see which birds feed which little ones.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 09:16 PM

I haven't seen the Cardinals at the nest since their second egg was laid. They are around, just not at the nest. I see the Bluebirds there frequently! ~~ Lowell
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Posted May 10, 2012 - 09:37 PM

I almost forgot about this post. It sure didn't take long for the first ones to hatch. 13 days since your first post.

I would have thought it would be awhile longer. Great to see the "little ones".

You know that is going to be one full nest when they get bigger.

Thanks alot for the pictures Lowell and also for keeping us up to date.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 09:53 PM

This story sounds like it might need your full attention. The reason I say this is that Cow Birds are notorious for laying their eggs in other birds nest when the parent is away. Then the Cow birds hatch first and overpower the hosts babies. You might want to check what color Cow bird eggs are.
Check here for more information. If those are cowbirds you would be doing all song birds a favor by destroying them or their offspring before they destroy the Bluebirds.
http://www.sialis.org/cowbirds.htm

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Posted May 11, 2012 - 06:25 AM

This story sounds like it might need your full attention. The reason I say this is that Cow Birds are notorious for laying their eggs in other birds nest when the parent is away. Then the Cow birds hatch first and overpower the hosts babies. You might want to check what color Cow bird eggs are.
Check here for more information. If those are cowbirds you would be doing all song birds a favor by destroying them or their offspring before they destroy the Bluebirds.
http://www.sialis.org/cowbirds.htm


I'll keep a watch on them, but we don't see cowbirds around the house here. And the Cardinals spend a lot of time close, the first hatchling is orange-ish colored. ~~ Lowell
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 12:08 AM

I'll keep a watch on them, but we don't see cowbirds around the house here. And the Cardinals spend a lot of time close, the first hatchling is orange-ish colored. ~~ Lowell

Hi Lowell, Just checkin' on the little ones. I would think all of them should be hatched by now ? Thanks, Dave

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 06:56 AM

Hi Lowell, Just checkin' on the little ones. I would think all of them should be hatched by now ? Thanks, Dave


Checked this morning; one egg didn't hatch, first hatchling turned out to be something other than a Cardinal (probably Cowbird), it's gone. Don't know what happened to the rest of the Bluebirds, but two are left & appear to be in good shape. Nest hasn't been disturbed & is too deep for the first hatchling to have push the others out!

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Edited by grnspot110, May 19, 2012 - 04:58 PM.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 12:07 PM

Your a good host. A lot of people would have just ignored what was going on. Cow birds, Starlings, and English house sparrows receive no mercy from me and are in the same category as Rats.
Hope the Bluebirds continue to do well.
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Posted May 18, 2012 - 12:34 PM

Lowell, Thanks for the update. I think Chris made a good call on the Cowbird thing. I did some lookin' around after the post Chris made on
Cowbirds last week.

I found some pic's that showed that the eggs of Cardinals and Cowbirds look alot alike. Also at birth they are both an
orangish / brown in color. One way to tell them apart though, is the inside of the mouth of a Cowbird is blood red.

Glad to hear the Bluebirds are OK! :thumbs: If you get a chance without disturbing them to much snap a picture. Thanks, Dave

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 12:42 PM

Those pictures are priceless. Mother nature at work.
Thanks for sharing.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 09:31 PM

Those pictures are priceless. Mother nature at work.
Thanks for sharing.

My thoughts exactly. Thanks for the pics and thank you for sharing with us.
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Posted May 29, 2012 - 06:39 AM

Babies flew the coop yesterday! I had checked them earlier, they were showing signs of blue on their wing tips & tails. Checked yesterday evening & they were gone! ~~ Lowell
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Posted May 29, 2012 - 09:41 AM

You feed them, provide a home for them and what do they do? Fly the coop! :laughingteeth:

This has been a cool story to follow. Thanks for the update Lowell.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 08:38 PM

Thanks for sharing the rest of the story Lowell! I'm glad that they're off to a good start thanks to you!

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Posted June 22, 2012 - 04:36 PM

They're at it again! Last couple of days I've been hearing Bluebirds around the yard. Yesterday, I noticed a rooster flying out of the carport. Sure enough, they're building another nest in the same jug (I had emptied the old nest as soon as the young birds left it). ~~ Lowell
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