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I am very new to birding but this one issue is a puzzle





22 years ago my nephew gave me a porcelain decorative birdhouse , which I hung in my tree that is on the walkway to my new house, & only 5' off ground



A pair of Bluebirds started coming late winter, and checked out the little decorative bird house over and over then started building a nest. Then abandoned which I assumed it was due too much foot traffic so near, as this is where I go in and out to walk the dogs



Then they started nesting in a house in the back yard tree that

I put up in mid March [house warming gift]. again not a typical bluebird house so I was surprised they took to it so well. She would sit in house with her head out and he would come feed her.



The feeder is next to the back house and he would get mealy worms and go straight into the house or fly around to the front, and I can watch them enter that house.





Then they abandoned that back yard house and returned to the same bird house in front



Each house has one blue egg



I don't think they have not been back to either nest for days



The pair appears many times a day to feed and drink, but do not go back to either house. It is the same pair as they have distinctive markings.  



What should I do? clean out each, or just let them alone



ps, I have never seen any type of bird that can sit still for such a long time, like the Bluebird, it seems like 3-5 minutes sometimes. I have enjoyed my new Birding Hobby

Answer
Five feet off the ground is OK - they often nest in mail boxes. We recommend eye high for the bluebirder. Those small decoerative boxes do not usually work well as the opening is usually too small (should be i and 1/2 inch) and space is often too limited for a growing family of birds. Bote Loew's and Walmart are selling Amish cedar boxes for less than $10 - it is not too late to put them up. Regarding the existing boxes and eggs, just let nature take its course. And if you will send your mailing address to me at walshaw1@cox.net I will send you my free Bluebird book that will make you an expert. Also it has a simple box plan that you can make a box from one five foot board, but as we are well into the nesting season I recommend that you buy several boxes (more than one is best as you will always lose some). If your yard is too small let me know at my email address and I will tell you how to stretch it. Good luck, Bluebird Bob Walshaw.

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Questions about setting up and monitoring Eastern Bluebird houses. This includes where and how to put up houses, trouble shooting, fighting predators, especially the killer house sparrows and helping other small cavity nesters such as Chickadees, Titmice, Carolina Wrens, etc. Send mailing address to me at walshaw1@cox.net for a free 20 page Bluebird book.

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20 years with a 100+ box Bluebird trail which has been accepted as part of the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail. Talks on Bluebirds to many organizations.

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North American Bluebird Society, Audubon Society local and national, Oklahoma Bluebird Society, OK Furbearers Alliance

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Bluebird Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Oklahoma Today and many other publications.

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BS, MBA, Cornell University Bird Biology course

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Blue Cross Ageless Hero, Red Cross Everyday Hero, North American Bluebird Society Awards, Oklahoma Bluebird Society Lifetime Award.

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