Birding/BLUEBIRDS/SPARROWS

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QUESTION: I successfully raised two families of Bluebirds last year. One day after I put up the house they were building a nest. I was sooo excited. Then came the sparrows and although the BB fought the sparrows, the sparrows continued building the nest. I destroyed the nest and they built another and I destroyed it. BB return daily but are not using the house. Will they every build in it again? Darn those sparrows!

ANSWER: They are called sparrows or killer house sparrows, but actually they ate alien weaver finches from Europe. They are not protected and you have to shoot or trap and kill them to be a successful Bluebirder. As they did not evolve here our birds do not have protection from their killer bills. I caught a female by hand in a nest on my line yesterday and she bit me so hard she actually drew blood. Even much bigger starlings can't bite that hard. If you will send your mailing address to me at walshaw1@cox.net I will send you my free Bluebird book that will tell you what to do. (Trap contacts, my email address for problems, etc.) Good luck1 Bluebird Bob Walshaw. PS - See page 19 for why you should have more than one box.

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QUESTION: So, will the BB's ever use this house again this year?

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Attacks or other disturbances do not seem to stop Bluebirds or other small cavity nesters from using houses again although they might discourage a pair that was attacked. Always remove a nest that has been attacked or disturbed and after a family of young fledge. Good luck, 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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