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July 07, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

That exchange between the chickadees and bluebirds must have been fun to watch!
Good idea too to put guards up; you'll notice this box has a baffle below it because it had been accessible to chipmunks and squirrels. Good luck!

Candy Pfau

One of my favorite bird species. I had chickadee nesting in a house not 25 feet from a nesting pair of bluebirds. Hysterically funny when Daddy bluebird got confused and tried to take food to the chickadee house and got a dressing down by a very irate female. My bluebirds are building another nest. They had a second batch of eggs which did not hatch. So I had to remove that. And they are starting over. Not sure what happened but they totally abandoned the eggs. When move I need to put in place snake guards.

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