by Jeff Lawver
Bluebird Eating Blueberries
Until yesterday morning , I had bluebirds nesting in one of my boxes.
Unfortunately, after seeing no signs of the parent birds, I opened the box, and found the nest empty.
I suspect raccoons to be the culprit, since the two nestlings were there the day before, so It must have happened in the night.
They were not near developed enough to have taken flight.
My question is, besides adding predator guards to my boxes, can I do anything at this point to encourage them to try again?
Leave or remove the nest?
I live in southern Wisconsin, and believe they only nest once this far north.
Is this true?
Thank you in advance for your answer.
It is always so disappointing to follow a nest which is going along well, to have something go wrong and loose the opportunity to witness the young birds successfully fledge.
I believe the parents will likely try again as there may still be enough time in the season for a second successful brood.
About how to encourage a second try?
It would be my suggestion to leave the nest if it is clean (no broken eggs) and see what happens.
Here are a couple of links that will help to answer your questions further:Will Bluebirds try for a second brood in Wisconsin?Studies conducted in Wisconsin on Bluebirds
I hope you will find this information specifically about your area helpful.