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Wed May 3, 2023, 09:55 AM May 2023

Some juncos laid eggs in a pot on my porch

I was so excited. Then the eggs were gone. I suspect other birds got them, because I saw some in the area. This happened last year in a hanging pot on the patio. But they have now laid more eggs!
I want to protect them, but how? I know I probably shouldn't try to interfere but I feel so bad for the parents. Should I just butt out and let nature take it's course?

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Some juncos laid eggs in a pot on my porch (Original Post) Beatlelvr May 2023 OP
Evil House Wrens well known for egg breaking and stealing. IA8IT May 2023 #1


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1. Evil House Wrens well known for egg breaking and stealing.
Thu May 4, 2023, 09:26 AM
May 2023

I've never attempted to stop wrens and quit having Bluebird nest boxes because of them.

Link to wren issues. Good Luck


Methods of discouraging House Wren nesting (most effective methods are in bold) include removing dummy nests, avoiding marginal habitat, use of a classic wren guard, half circle wren guard, raised roof nestbox, modified Noel guard, avoiding crowded boxes, painting the exterior of a box white (not red/green), opening/plugging the nestbox, raising the height, avoiding slot boxes, avoiding gourds on trees, keeping them busy. Bob Benson was thinking of hanging a sign on his boxes that say "Not for Wrent."Also see other methods, what doesn't work, and other points of interest. Also see unusual House Wren nest made almost entirely of grass.
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