New Bluebird Pair

by Harlan Wilson
(Murrieta, CA, Riverside County)

I am at Guard

I am at Guard

OK. We have a "bird house" purchased a few years ago. The other day I saw a female bird going into the house. I then saw her return twice until I then saw the Male arrive.

He has a bright blue head and wings with a rust red chest. I have taken a few videos and captured a few photos from the videos. These are the first inhabitants of the house that we know of.

It is now April 10, 2016. The weather has been changing from cold to warm and back again for the last few weeks. Usually in the mid 60's to sometimes into the 90's. We are not in a "cold" area and the city is at a 1,000' elevation.

We live in Murrieta California, Riverside County, next to a golf course on the 4th tee. We are on a small hill above the golf course and we have had many "song birds" etc. and many many hummingbirds.

We have had a "lovebird" nest in a tree next to the house, a hummingbird nest also in a tree next to the entry way and a small bird nest (type unknown) in the rafters of the back deck cover.

We have two lemon trees that bloom about 3 times a year at alternate times thus giving us great food for the humming birds.

We really enjoy the birds and want to make sure the nest is safe. If someone could give us advise on protection issues it would be helpful. The birdhouse is on top of a 5' iron fence in the backyard and isolated from any close tree or limb.

We will send more photos and videos (if accepted) as soon as action gets better. Mom is really doing a lot of work bringing in the nesting material. Interesting is the fact that the male accompanies the female to the nest, perches on the roof or a sign on the birdhouse and then leaves along with the female. Really fun to watch.

Enough now, more to come. Thank you, Harlan Wilson

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May 24, 2016
Sparrow Spooker
by: Lisa from Pa

I'm assuming that you have House Sparrows around. Here in the East we have Eastern Bluebirds. I'm guessing they're nesting habits are similar.
You should check the box daily and as soon as you see an egg you should install a Sparrow Spooker, you can google that on how to make one.

Once an egg is laid they are committed to the box, if you install a Spooker you must make sure mom and dad adjust to it. It may take a couple of hours. This should deter the Sparrows, they are detrimental to Bluebirds and or the eggs.

I've had several successful broods and I truly believe the spooker saved many little ones.
As soon as babies fledge take it down.

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