We are hopeful Bluebird landlords again!!
Their chosen nesting box 2 is in a new location. Interestingly, last years box has yet to be occupied. Altho other birds have tried. I emptied the start of many undesirable nests. Both boxes were left open periodically to deter them.
I can't help but wonder if the resident bluebird pair is the same as last year, and somehow remember the demise of their young in box 1 (same location).
Last year I ordered the recommended Enjoying Bluebirds guide. Brad remounted the two boxes on metal poles and we relocated box 2.
I check both boxes on my daily walks.
We had a cool Spring. I was beginning to think the bluebird nesting boxes would not get used this year, although I spotted Bluebirds nearby on several occasions.
Last year a nest appeared April 18th and 5 eggs on May 6th.
This year, I found a nest on May 28.
Then there were two eggs, and counting. I noticed the new egg was greenish and a bit larger.
Two days later, there were four eggs.
I see the female frequently caring for her eggs
We have not mounted a raccoon baffle, as suggested in the guide. I am certain coons were the predators that ate the babies from box 1 last year. Our trail camera shows a well fed raccoon pair that frequents the box 1 area.
Brad thinks the raccoons will not be able to climb the metal poles.
I can only hope he is right, or I could grease the poles. Raccoon spikes are an option. I know the varmints are not fond of spicy scents. I could make a spray, or hang a bag with spices. Finding & hanging the baffle materials myself is another option. That would be comical & likely scare more than raccoons away.
I have stopped checking the box with eggs for now. Our Eastern Bluebird eggs should hatch around June 17-19th.
I have high hopes of seeing the nesting box residents thrive this year.