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Hi, Bob, have attended several of your BB talks & have hosted many bluebird nestings....however, last year & apparently this year also there are a pair (?) of extremely aggressive mockingbirds who routinely chase my small birds away from the yard.  They sat on the bluebird nestbox continuously last spring except when they were'nt chasing other birds....now I saw a pair of bluebirds a few days ago & sure enough they dive-bombed them until they left the yard.....I know it's illegal to harm the mockers but what can I do?....I am going to set up another bb nestbox in a different area of my yard to see if that will help...still would like those darn mockers to just be gone...thanks, Judy

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Hi Judy. Youn are taking the right approach. Both Mockingbirds and Blue Jays take over and "own" a piece of property and it is a mistake to put Bluebird boxes too close to that. They are good birds in many ways and get many insects (but unfortunately the Blue Jay also raids small birds nests). Move your boxes. See the top of page 19 in my book (Let me know if you don't have it). Along the road to your home is the best place of all as cars stir up and knock down insects and there are fewer four legged predators and snakes. Good luck and happy New Year! Bluebird Bob Walshaw.

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Bluebird Bob Walshaw

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I can answer almost any question on Eastern Bluebirds and small cavity nesters such as Chickadees, Titmice, Wrens, etc. Also general questions on other songbirds. No pet bird questions please. Send mailing address to me at walshaw1@cox.net for a free 20 page Bluebird book.

Experience

I have had a 100+ nestbox trail for more than 20 years, I do a lot of writing, public speaking and educational work in this field. My hands-on Bluebird talks include more than 1000 people each year.

Organizations
Oklahoma Bluebird Society, North American Bluebird Society, National Audubon Society, Oklahoma Audubon Society, Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance

Publications
Bluebird Magazine, Oklahoma Today, Fur-Fish-Game, Birds & Blooms, Nature Society News,Back Woodsman Magazine, Tulsa World, Broken Arrow ledger, Teaching Tolerance magazine,Trappers World, OK Hole Story, Birders World

Education/Credentials
Degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, Graduate of the Home Study Course in Bird Biology from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Oklahoma Master Naturalist. I am also a pofessional speaker and writer.

Awards and Honors
Chosen as a public speaker for the North American Bluebird Society, Bluebird trail accepted as part of the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail, Chosen as a panel speaker at the 2006 NABS Convention.

Past/Present Clients
Many

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