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Bluebirds: An American Success Story - Shared screen with speaker view
Jeanne
23:48
See ya!
Michelle Bradley Campanis
24:05
Thank you!
Michelle Bradley Campanis
32:28
You may ask your questions in this section
Amanda Foster Johnson
32:37
Hi. Any advice on stopping a mockingbird from scaring away our bluebirds from their feeder and house?
Brent Daniel
36:38
do they prefer live or dried?
Melissa
37:12
We have 2 bluebird houses in our field...they have been successful in the past. Last year something kept eating the eggs. What can we do to keep other creatures out? Thanks so much....loving this.
Mary Long
38:47
What does Don recommend for location of bluebird houses, e.g., height, sun, specific ecosystem?
Bob
39:10
Nature’s Way gives a discount to members of the North American Bluebird Society for mealworm purchases.
Pat
39:35
Sparrows have taken over two boxes in my yard. I didn't have the heart to kick them out over the winter. Should I just take down my houses for awhile? Then try to attract bluebirds again.
pwschwartz
39:37
Are squirrels attracted to their food? If so, how to deter the squirrels.
suzanne
40:59
Squirrels like sunflower seeds but not mealworms or safflower seeds from my experience.
Diane Shelly
41:32
My squirrels LOVE our mealworms!
suzanne
42:42
I put out dried mealworms.
Vicki May
43:21
do you use medicated chick starter?
Hillary R
46:40
I have used a house sparrow trap, which can be very effective, in other states.
Brent Daniel
46:49
does safflower attract english sparrows
gregg
47:25
Every spring we have Bluebirds and Tree Swallows actually physically fighting over boxes. It seems the Tree Swallows win every time. We have five boxes, it seems that should be enough!
suzanne
49:15
House wrens or Carolina wrens? Is there a difference in nesting habits?
Melissa
55:35
Can you use the diamateous earth before the birds build a nest?
Bob
57:46
Although it’s relatively rare, bumblebees have been known to make their nests in old, unoccupied Chickadee nests…as a precaution, use gloves when you remove these nests!
Bob
01:00:15
Sometimes, female bluebirds eat the egg shells to recycle the calcium, in preparation for the next clutch of eggs.
Diane Shelly
01:01:21
We love our Blink camera so we can watch them without disturbing them.
Jackie
01:02:58
Does it now bother the birds when you open box to check in?
Chuck Cruickshank
01:03:18
No
suzanne
01:03:22
Do Chattanooga area golf courses have bluebird boxes?
Brent Daniel
01:03:42
Bear trace Harrison bay does
Brent Daniel
01:03:50
i play there and have seen them
Sharon
01:08:41
What do you recommend to hold mealworms?
julie.pearson
01:09:10
Do you put the mealworms in some kind of feeder?
Diane Shelly
01:09:45
Wildbirds unlimited has a plastic tray with a wire mounting bracket. Works great
Margie
01:09:54
We put the mealworms on the porch railing.
jeannettemorgenstern
01:12:11
where to put suet for bluebirds
suzanne
01:13:02
You can put dried mealworms in a tube feeder. I also add them to the seed blend on a tray feeder which they seem to like. And there’s a dish-type feeder with a dome cover that works. Wildbirds Unlimited has live and dried and feeders.
Brent Daniel
01:14:13
add me in for Chattanooga
jeannettemorgenstern
01:14:22
where do you put the suet - in the box? And will that attract other critters??
Lisa Lemza
01:14:32
add me in Chattanooga! lemzala@aolc.om
julie.pearson
01:14:46
There are suet feeders you can buy.
Diane Shelly
01:14:52
Me Too in Chattanooga nextgreatlife@gmail.com
Brent Daniel
01:15:17
bdaniel716@gmail.com chattanooga
Jodi Jones
01:15:17
good sources for nest boxes?
mjbow
01:15:35
I put live mealworms in a saucer with an 1" high side, so they can't crawl out, on a rock in my garden. It doesn't take long for the birds to get them all. I put them out in the morning 1 time.
Michelle Bradley Campanis
01:15:38
Welcome! This is link to support UT Arboretum Programs https://utarboretumsociety.org/utas-donation/You may contact me at mcampani@utk.edu
Beth Wedgworth
01:17:36
Do bluebirds eat cicadas? The X Brood 17-year cicadas are supposed to show up in TN, this May!
Bill & Harriet Hartman
01:19:21
Nice Job, Don, from the Valley Chapter TBS
julie.pearson
01:19:43
Should a nest box be near other trees or out in a field?
suzanne
01:20:04
Add me in for Bluebirds in Chattanooga. I have two boxes and one pair hanging around this winter. Last year there were 2 pairs.
gregg
01:20:05
We lost a mother to a raccoon and the male chirped continually for one week. Was he looking for her or trying to find another mate?
14234
01:20:14
delightful presentation! we are interested in Chattanooga! cunningchef1@gmail.com
jeannettemorgenstern
01:20:37
wouldn’t opening the box scare the bluebirds especially if they have eggs or babies??
Chris Celik
01:20:38
I live on a lake, how far away from the water should my box be?
mjbow
01:20:51
Great job and thanks Don and Michelle, from Marianne in Charleston SC
jeannettemorgenstern
01:21:48
Do the bluebirds or tree swallows return to the same box for their second or third brood
pwschwartz
01:22:40
We are in a wooded area rather than wide open. Are they likely to come to a wooded area?
gregg
01:23:06
Orientation of the holes? I've heard East, West, into the wind, etc.
Christina Swallows
01:23:09
Does it matter which direction the hole of the box is facing?
suzanne
01:23:17
A member of Master Gardeners of Hamilton County makes bluebird houses. MGHC occasionally has workshops to make them.
Pat Keran
01:23:25
How far should the box be from large trees?
suzanne
01:24:01
Mockingbirds are the psychotics of the bird world.
Lisa Lemza
01:24:32
I ove them. To each their own!
Rachel Amity Brown
01:24:46
We’re grateful for our mockingbirds, because they chase off the starlings more than anything else!
Sharon
01:24:56
When setting out mealworms, should they be on the ground level or on a deck?
suzanne
01:29:17
Cardinals like Safflower seeds. Also Chickadees and Nuthatches. I haven’t seen any sparrows at my feeders with safflower seeds.
suzanne
01:34:57
How do the Chattanooga area bluebird people want to move forward?
Kimberly
01:35:11
Do the houses have to be on a pole?
gregg
01:36:06
Chatt people, we should have a meeting soon.
Chris Celik
01:36:25
What do you think of houses with a rectangle instead of a round hole
Amanda Foster Johnson
01:36:34
Thank you for this session. So informative!
Diane Shelly
01:36:40
Someone want to be our fearless Chatt leader?
lindadiaz
01:36:40
I’m in for Chattanooga.
suzanne
01:37:00
I don’t dislike Mockingbirds — they’re just crazy. I had one that tried to possess my bird feeder set up and tried to chase away any bird the came near it. He was on alert 24/7 until he wore himself out and gave up but it took months.
Brent Daniel
01:37:59
can not be a Chatt leader this year….can help for sure
myra
01:38:00
Excellent program thank you
birdlvr
01:38:06
The mockingbirds usually only do that in winter. Mine does that, but after spring, hardly see it until it gets really cold again.
julie.pearson
01:38:39
Where do you get the pole? They are pretty expensive as a kit with the house.
gregg
01:39:21
Chatt pepes, we should probably see what Don wants to do about us meeting. He mentioned to me another zoom mtg. just for us next week.
Brent Daniel
01:39:38
ok
Diane Shelly
01:39:56
We can start a FAcebook group to see what interest there is here as well.
Michelle Bradley Campanis
01:40:00
5t 1/2 inch ribar and but 3/4 inch conduit
Michelle Bradley Campanis
01:40:11
for your own pole
Michelle Bradley Campanis
01:41:09
don.hazel@gmail.com
birdlvr
01:41:25
Thank you! Another great program.
gregg
01:41:30
THANK YOU! Very informative!
Jodi Jones
01:41:44
thank you!
pasin
01:42:01
Great information. Thank you!
Jane Palmer
01:42:04
don’t forget the suet recipe
julie.pearson
01:42:18
Thanks so much it was great.
Alice Mercer
01:42:18
Wonderful presentation — thanks, Don!
Christina Swallows
01:42:31
This has been wonderful. Thank you
suzanne
01:42:33
Thanks! This was really informative!
Rollie
01:42:33
Thank you Don and Michelle! :)
Kimberly
01:42:37
Loved the advice!!!!THANK YOU SO MUCH!
lloodalton
01:42:52
Thank you so much