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I have a bluebird couple.  They have had fledglings in my backyard for 2 years now (3 fledglings in 2011 and 4 in 2012). They came back again this year.  I watched the mating ritual and the female picked her house.  They started building a few weeks ago but this last week I haven't seen the male at all.  Is it unusual, because he has always been with her in the past.  Would she keep coming back even though he might be gone? It makes me sad--they make such a cute couple.

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Sometimes they back off a bit early in cold weather. On the dark side a predator may have gotten the male. They have many predators. If so the female will usually find another male. If not she may try to raise a family. (The male can't help with incubation or keeping the early babies warm as he has no brood patch).If there is no activity in two weeks remove the nest to encourage another pair to take over. Also if you don't have my free Bluebird book please send your mailing address to me at walshaw1@cox.net. Nearly 3100 copies are out across the U.S., Canada and Bermuda. Good luck. Bluebird Bob Walshaw. PS - see page 19 as to why t you should hav more than one box.  

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