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I have two bluebird houses set out in my wildflower garden at opposite end of my yard.  Bluebirds have built a nest in each box.  For the last two weeks I have not seen birds entering the box so I went out to check.  In both boxes there are nest, but no eggs, no nothing just empty nest.  At this point I'm not sure how to proceed.  Do I assume the nest are abandon, and remove them.  Is it likely the bluebirds will come back and start using them.  I have half a dozen blue birds in my yard every day both male and female eating  at 2 meal worm feeders, peanut butter suit feeders, and a bird bath.  One of the boxes is new, the other one I had out last year and was successful in raising a family it it.

You didn't say where you live, but in areas where there is still some cold weather in an early warm spell the birds will sometimes build nests and then wait for warmer weather when there are more insects for food to lay eggs and start families. Another reason is when a predator gets the female, but in your case I would doubt that it has happened to both families at the same time. I would wait a bit. Even later in the year when eggs are abandoned I usually wait 20 days before removing the nest. Also if you will send your MAILING address to me at I will send you my free Bluebird book. More than 3000 copies are out across teh U.S., Canada and Bermuda. Good luck! Bluebird Bob Walshaw.


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