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Welcome to our songbird nest box cams. Chickadee Nest Box1 and Bluebird Box 2 are located in the field that our Field Cam over looks and Bluebird Box 5 is located very close to PA Bird Feeder 1 off to the left at about 50'.

Bluebird Box 3: The camera is located in the same view as the PixCams.com Field Cam Live Stream. to Box 3.

Brood 1 (Box 2)
Hatch dates: Egg 1 4/9 @2:20PM, Egg 2 4/9 @3:04PM, Egg 3 4/10 @8:08 AM, Egg 4 4/10 @12:40 PM, Egg 5 4/11 @ 7:14 AM, Egg 6 4/12 @7:56 AM
Fledge date: 4/28 - PM

Brood 2: (Box 3)
So far 5 of the six eggs hatched between 5/25 and 5/27. 5/31 Update: Around 8:20 PM on 5/30 a screech owl pulled the female from the nest box while she had her head out of the box. This is a tragic end to this nest. We will monitor the nest boxes and see if the male finds a new female and nests again this season.

House Wren
A house wren started building a nest on 6/11. Nest was abandoned and box is now empty on 6/22/

Bluebird Box 5: What's interesting about this female is the lays eggs that are almost white in color and this is not very common. Most bluebird eggs are blue in color. We are waiting for the pair to start their 3rd brood.

Brood 1
Hatch dates: 04/13 @3:15 PM, 04/13 @3:49 PM, 04/13 @4:57 PM, 04/13 @5:55 PM, 04/14 @8:16 AM.
Fledge date: 5/2 - PM

Brood 2
She hatched 4 of the 6 eggs and has 4 chicks in the nest box. The 4 chicks fledged successfully on the AM of 6/22.


Chickadee Box 1: The female completed laying her clutch of 5 eggs on 5/11. All 5 eggs successfully hatched between 5/23 and 5/24. All five of the chickadees fledged on 6/10.
 

Bluebird Nesting Facts

The nest is made of grasses, plant stems, pine needles, and lined with hair, feathers, and fine grasses. The nest is placed in a birdhouse, or abandoned woodpecker hole usually 3-20 feet above ground. The female lays 1 egg each day until the clutch size reaches between 3-6 pale blue eggs. The female will begin incubating the eggs when the last or next to last egg is laid.
Incubation will last between 13 - 16 days and the young will leave the nest within 15 to 20 days from hatching. The male will often keep feeding the fledglings while the female begins a second nest. These flegling birds may stay together through Fall and join other flocks later. By early Spring, they'll claim new territories and not nest where they were born. The lifespan of the average Eastern Bluebird is 6 - 7 years in the wild.


Bluebird Nest Boxes Information

If you plan on putting up a bird house, place it on a pole within 5 - 6 feet off the ground. This will allow access for monitoring which should be done. An entrance hole should be 1 1/2 inches in size. House Sparrows will be a problem and every attempt should be made to keep them out. Removing nest, trapping and any and all legal action should be taken. The better you control House Sparrows, the better your chances will be of attracting and hosting these birds near you.

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When Do I Clean Out Birdhouses?

The quick answer regarding cleaning Bluebird houses is: it's up to you. It's different depending on where you live as to whether Bluebirds prefer a clean house, or a house with their old nest that has successfully reared young for renesting.

A good idea would be to check for blowfly and mite infestation before just removing the nest and cleaning the house between broods. This should happen as soon as the first brood leaves and after any successive broods. With gloves and mask (for your protection) gently remove the nest and check for blowfly and mite infestation. If none, let the breeze take care of feather dust and replace nest for second brood. If nest is heavily soiled it might be a good idea to remove the contents, place them in a bag or burn them in your burn pile.

Some people recommend a cleaning solution of 10 percent bleach to water ratio to scrub the house. That's up to you and recommended at the end of the season or before the birds return. Rinse well if using bleach. Sometimes Bluebirds build nest on top of exsiting nest. This puts them closer to the entrance hole and at a greater risk of predation. Lower nest may need to be removed in this situation.


Attracting Bluebirds to your Feeders

When it comes to feeding, what Bluebirds eat is a large amount of insects. Eighty percent of their diet comes from insects during spring and summer. In addition to insects, these birds eat berries and fruits off of small trees and shrubs. You may want to try placing dried fruit and/or chopped peanut kernels on a platform type feeder.

There are other ways to lure these birds, the best of which is to offer them mealworms in a Mealworm feeder. They love mealworms. You can offer live or dried mealworms. Place them in a tray feeder or a specially designed feeder so that other birds don't get to them before the Bluebirds. Providing Dried Mealworms in winter is a good idea. They are inexpensive and last a long time. You'll also be helping other birds in winter.

Since the bluebirds remain in winter in a lot of places, a Heated Birdbath can supply the open water they need to survive. An open water source is critical during cold weather as most water is frozen over. All life needs water year around.


 



 

 

 

 

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