Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
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BluebirdsZimmerman/Hansen Bluebird Trail - 2003 ActivityBluebirds


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Location (and direction from 15 Shaw Rd house)

Date erected + hole

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Occupants

Notes

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Across street of 15 Shaw (south of house). 

2002

North

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HOSP

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Empty

 
 
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4/16: HOSP perching. Put up more fishing line and strip of silver foil. 

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4/19: no effect, no more action on nest.

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4/21: possible Tree Swallow nest (grass, tall, with grey/white feathers)

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4/25: scared bird sleeping in nest--possible HOSP

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4/27: Tree Swallows interested, HOSPs defending

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5/1: no birds seen, no eggs.  Removed nest to allow occupation.

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5/11: still empty.

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5/22:  Nada.

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6/9: HOSP throwing crap in.

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6/11: Trapped male.  Removed monofilament to try to trap more.

 

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Fence 15 Shaw (N)

2001

West

No

 
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4/12: BB pair seen checking out box.

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4/17: HOSP seen perching.  Added strip of silver foil.

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4/29:  one feather (Tree Swallow) and a little dried grass.  Saw a small bird - wren? phoebe? checking out box

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4/30: pair of Tree Swallows making a racket, apparently claiming box (swallows nested in this box last year)

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5/5:  One titmouse? egg on box floor, no nest.

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5/14: appeared to be claimed by Tree Swallows, but no nest.

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5/22.  Nada.  Annoying HOSPs around.

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5/28.  Male HOSP will NOT shut up.  A few pieces of grass in box.

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6/14: trapped male HOSP 2x.

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6/28: Trapped 2 HOSP.

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6/29: Trapped and released wren.

 

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Tree 15 Shaw (W)

2001

East

No

Nada.  Except earwigs. Titmouse nested here last year.

4

Back field 15 Shaw (NW)

01/03

South

 
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Tree Swallow

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House Wren

 
 
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4/18: small nest of all pine needles. 

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4/19: more pine needles added.

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4/21: more pine needles

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4/27: no eggs

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5/5: concluded nest was inactive, removed to allow new occupants.

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5/10: partial wren nest

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5/13: No activity, removed partial nest.

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5/20: partial Tree Swallow nest.

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5/25:  still partial nest.  Tree Swallow on box.

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5/28:  Pair guarding one egg.

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6/2:  Don't want to disturb pair to see how many eggs.

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6/13: 4 eggs

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6/27:  3-4 fully feathered babies.

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7/11:  Gone. Cleaned out box--what a messy nest!

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7/28: House Wren nest with 5 eggs

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8/1: not hatched yet

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8/4: heard cheeping? (not sure of date)

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8/16: all gone, 1 egg unhatched eggs (rolled underneath nest)

 

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15 Shaw stone wall/lawn(SE)

2002

East

 
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Tree Swallow

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House Wren

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Empty

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Wren

 
 
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5/11: No activity, relocated to lawn area.

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5/14: grass nest - HOSP?

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5/22: partial nest, Tree Swallow, no eggs

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5/25:  Same.

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6/1: Moved to replace box in front of Rogers.

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6/4: Put another box in same place.

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6/11: Wren nest. Dummy?

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6/14: Nada.

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6/26:  Full size wren nest, bird flew out

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7/1: 5 eggs.

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7/11:mom flew out when I knocked on box.

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7/21: heard babies chirping

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7/22: all 5 hatched.  Look 1/2 grown.

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7/28: Disturbed nest, at least 3 flew out.

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7/31: all were gone.

 

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Rogers - 171 (ESE)

01/03

North

 
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HOSP

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Tree Swallows

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Empty

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HOSP

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Empty

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HOSP

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Empty

 
 
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4/18: Evicted HOSP - put up strip of silver foil.

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4/19: Silver foil not working.  Trapped pair and "relocated."

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4/27: empty.

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5/7: Pair of Tree Swallows building nest.

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5/11: Female brooding.

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5/14: Tree Swallows nearby, no eggs

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5/16: one egg

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5/22: 4 eggs, 1 broken on ground

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5/25:  All eggs missing, part of nest missing, male HOSP seen on box.

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5/27: removed 2 HOSP.  Tree Swallows already back.

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5/31: Car accident destroyed box.

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6/1:  Replaced box--left partial Tree Swallow nest in it.  Tree Swallows were hanging out on remainder of fence.

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6/4: no action. Removed nest.

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6/12. Trapped male HOSP.

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6/14: empty.

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6/26: Trapped pair of HOSP.

 

7

Stream (SE)

01/03

East

 
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BLUEBIRDS

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HOSP

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Empty

 
 
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4/12: Tree Swallows nearby.

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4/21: Bluebird pair building nest.

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4/27: TWO eggs!

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4/28: THREE eggs!

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4/29: FOUR EGGS!

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4/30: FIVE eggs-mother appears to be brooding.

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5/7: definitely brooding 5 eggs.

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5/11: still brooding.   White scratches on eggs.

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5/14: 3 of 5 eggs hatched.

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5/15: 4th egg hatched.

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5/16: one unhatched eggs egg (removed later)

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5/22:  4 babies are fine.  Removed about 20 blow fly larvae.

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5/25: Babies are fine although many HOSP in area.  Parents eating tons of mealies.

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5/27:  All babies dead.   No indication of cause although it has been cold and rainy.  Saw one of bluebird pair by mealyworm feeder.

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5/28: New grass nest started--not sure it's blues.

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6/1:  Definitely a HOSP nest.

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6/2: Trapped 1 female.

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6/4: Replaced box with Gilbertson PVC box.  Very hard to monitor.

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6/13: Nada.

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7/1: Small paper wasp nest on roof, removed.

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7/7: more paper wasps removed from side.

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7/11: more paper wasps.

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7/13: replaced with NABS wooden box

 

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Irene's - 171 (SSE)

01/03

North

 
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Bluebirds

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HOSP

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Bluebirds

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Chickadee

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Bluebirds

 
 
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4/19: Brilliant blue male and partner building nest out of pine needles.

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4/21: Bluebirds may have moved to box #7

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5/6: Removed nest to allow occupation.

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5/11: Empty.

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5/13: chickadee in and out--feathers only.

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5/22: nada

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5/25: HOSP nest.  Attempting to trap.

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5/27: Trapped 2 females.  Male still in area.

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5/28: Eliminated male.

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6/1:  Bluebirds building nest.  Hopefully not disturbed by accident.

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6/2:  Pine needle nest appears complete, no eggs.  Saw male.

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6/5:  Pair of chickadees have taken.

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6/8:  Chickadees may have moved to Jennifer's.  2 eggs!  Have seen male feeding female mealies.

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6/9: Three eggs.

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6/10: Four eggs.

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6/14:  Installed sparrow spooker.  Took female 5 minutes to go into box.

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6/26: Four babies, look 2-3 days old.  Shallow nest, reconfigured it.

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7/1: removed blow flies.

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7/6: replaced nest that was shallow, lots of blow flies.  At least 1 male.

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7/11: Almost ready to fledge!

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7/13: Fledging occurred either last night or this morning.  Babies in trees near box.  Cleaned out nest and removed spooker.

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7/28: Fledglings coming to feeder, still begging (one male eating on his own, then begging when parent was present.

 

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Barber Rd field

01/03

North

 
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Tree Swallows

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House Wren

 
 
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4/19: Moved this box from field entrance on 198 (SSW) to Barber Rd.6

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5/11:  half finished all grass nest.

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5/14: Some additional grass, saw Tree Swallows in box

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5/22: 3 Tree Swallow eggs. Male HOSP on box.

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5/25: Eggs missing.  Male HOSP on box.

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5/28:  Tree Swallows in box?

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6/3:  Tree Swallow in there, but only 1 egg.

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6/5: Looks like 3 eggs (female wouldn't move)

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6/26: 5 babies.

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7/11:  all gone.  Messy nest! Cleaned box.

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7/28: Box 2/3 full of twigs. Removed 7/30.

 

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In front of Hansen - 198 (WSW)

01/03

East

 
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Chickadees

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Bumblebee

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HOSP

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Tree Swallow

 
 
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4/19: A little moss.  Dirk saw chickadees nearby.

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4/20: Dirk saw pair of bluebirds in and out.

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4/21: moss and needles--possible chickadees

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4/27: Complete chickadee nest?

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5/7: Evicted bumblebee.  No eggs.

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5/11:  No bumblebee.  Nest looks bigger, lots of feathers.  Piece of plastic.  One medium size egg with brown speckles - looks like HOSP

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5/13: Two HOSP eggs.  Removed nest and eggs.

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5/16: male HOSP rebuilding

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5/25: HOSP nest, 2 eggs.  Attempting to trap.

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5/27:  Removed pair of HOSP.

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6/1: Tree Swallows perching and defending.

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6/5: 2 eggs.

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6/26: 4 babies? Ants.

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7/22: all gone.  Messy nest that had pine straw and sticks...? Cleaned box.

 
11 Back yard, E side, Gilbertson box 7/03
East
Empty 7/13: Relocated from stream after paper wasp problems.  On greased pole, no predator guard.
12 John's box by duck fence 2003
NW
Chickadees No predator guard.  Chickadee nest had 5 eggs (first noted June 30, 3 hatched (2 on July 10, 1 on July 11), one died. Fledged (with some prodding) July 29.
13 Chapuis box on tree E Titmouse 1 brood fledged, dates not available.

Feeder:  Starting feeding small mealy worms in Feb/March.  Saw 2? males, 1 female feeding on 04/16.

Topo with box locations

Notes: 

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All houses built to NABS specs with 1.5" round hole except #7. 

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All but #1, 2, and 3 built by ECFLA. 

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Mounted with hole 5' off ground, on steel pole with predator guard (4" diameter PVC baffle).  Fishing line to repel HOSP.

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All boxes are located on edge/within Christmas tree farm, except for #2, 3 and 4 which are on lawn.

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HOSP = House Sparrow (non-native)

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