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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: swallow nest attacked Reply with quote

We came home to find our only pair of swallows perched looking lost whilst their nest was totally destroyed and lying on the ground. One small baby was dead. No evidence of siblings or eggs. poor parents look absolutely lost. I suppose the culprit was a Magpie.

Here's my question. If the nest was made out of mud by the birds themselves, how can we persuade them to use a nest box next year (presuming a nest box will give them more protection from Maggies.

I could build a customsied box around the remnants of their nest in the same location. Would this work?

Thanks for your advice
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have the pleasure of two pairs of swallows nesting with us this year. In both cases they have ignored man-made alternatives.
One pair have made a mud nest on TOP of an open fronted nestbox in our porch. The other pair have ignored a jumble of wood and a cardboard shoebox we added, in the rafters of a shed, choosing instead to make a mud nest on top of a sealed light fitting in the shed.
So all I can suggest is maybe to make something that would still allow them to build their mud nest while affording a bit more protection, and that could be an interesting project.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

different species will opt for different sorts of nests - so a nest box which a blue tit might like wouldn't get a second glance from a swallow. if they're ingrained to build their own nests, there's little prefabrication you can perform for them.

even on springwatch, the swallows they are watching have built a new nest under an old swallow's nest.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Keeping Magpies away Reply with quote

Hi,

I read where someone who had suffered the same problem did the following. They waited until swallows had built nest the following year then boxed it off with rigid wire mesh with holes big enough to allow the swallows through but stopped Magpies and Crows. They kept the wire approx a foot from the nest and said the swallows had no problems entering and exiting.

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