Question I put up nesting boxes for the first time. I started seeing green moss in the bottom of the boxes about 1 to 1.5 inches dept. Then nothing added for a week or longer. I had a flyer that came with the BB box and it described the Bluebird nest it was nothing like the picture or description. So I called a local member of a Bluebird society and they said it wasn't a BB nest and I should remove it. Well I did but it would just get the moss back in the bottom. Well, now there is an all grass/straw that looks picture perfect and but a long period of time has gone by and I see no Bluebirds and no eggs. Backing up a little I had another box that has eggs and there is moss in the bottom with the Bluebird nest built on type. Could you from the info I gave you tell me if moss is use by Bluebirds and how long should I wait to see if Bluebirds will lay eggs in the nest without the moss?
Answer The Bluebird Society person gave you a wrong answer - Carolina Chickadees which are also good birds build moss nests. Tufted Titmice do too but they usually add dead leaves to the moss. They are very nice birds and I deliberately put some of my boxes in woods where I know that I will have 7 or as many as 8 little Chickadees or Titmice staring up at me from the nest. Bluebirds bully them and often build on top of their nests. When you have a Bluebird nest that is abandoned with or without eggs it usually means that a predator has gotten the frmale. If you will send your mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you my free Bluebird book which will make you an expert. Good luck. Bluebird Bob Walshaw.
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