Posts Tagged ‘House Sparrow’

Checking out the Accommodations

Bluebirds are back and looking for nest boxes to build their nests.  Its been a couple of years since I had a pair make one of my bluebird houses home.  The lack of a Bluebird nest could be caused by the House Sparrows that compete for the same space – despite my efforts to clear […]

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Weird Winter

It’s the middle of January and we have a severe thunderstorm warming – how weird is that! The wind is howling at 30-35mph.  Needless to say the birds are roosting and hunkered down for the night.  I know they are feeling fed, because they have been keeping me busy keeping my feeders filled.  The safflower […]

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Then there were twelve, not days of Christmas – Bluebirds!

It seems every time I look out the window there are more and more Bluebirds eating my mealworms!  I counted twelve this time and I’m loving it!  They perch in the trees, the roof and check out the Bluebird houses while three or four at a time enjoy the mealworms.  We’ve had a lot of […]

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I’m thankful for birds!

This fall has been absolutely beautiful in upstate New York.  Thanksgiving was no exception.  The temperatures have been warmer than usual for this time of the year.  Since I have restricted the feeders in my yard this fall to try and decrease the number of House Sparrows, the only birds I have seen in my […]

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Too few Bluebirds and too many House Sparrows

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on the back porch giving my feeders a thorough cleaning before the winter.   I was focused on getting some mold out of a difficult to reach spot when I heard a sound that I haven’t heard in a long time, the soft, sweet […]

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Winds of change….

The days are getting shorter and the winds of change are blowing.  I am looking forward to the birds beginning to migrate so I can enjoy birds that I don’t usually see stop and enjoy a snack before moving along.  Most of the birds visiting my feeders over that last couple of weeks have been […]

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Another Bluebird Tragedy

Since the nest invasion early this month, the male Bluebird has been perched on one of the birdhouses, on top of our house or on a low tree limb singing his heart out.  At first, I thought that his mate may have given up on him after the House Sparrow killed his nestlings, however, I […]

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Taking action

Today I went into action.  I decided to clean out all of my birdhouses and plug the entrances to prevent access.  Then I went out and bought a House Sparrow trap.  This is a gentle trap, it won’t kill, but, it humanely traps the bird in a cage until I can drive 10 miles and […]

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Nest Invasion

My birder mentor said it would happen one day, and today it did, a House Sparrow killed the Bluebird nestlings in my Bluebird house!  It was about 2:00 pm when I noticed a male sparrow at the entrance of the Bluebird house, I couldn’t believe it!  I jumped out of my seat and ran to […]

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Fly like an eagle…..

The last two days I have been checking the nest and the female Bluebird has not been on her eggs.  However, all four eggs look healthy and safe in the nest.  I have noticed that this Bluebird pair has a different approach to managing their nest than last year’s pair.  The male Bluebird does not […]

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