Friday, June 5, 2009

Sparrow Spooker

My bluebirds are working on their second brood and as I did have some sparrow issues last time, I decided to see if I could somehow make the box less sparrow friendly this time...maybe dad wouldn't have to constantly be on guard and fighting off sparrows on a regular basis.

Anyway, I found plans for the "sparrow spooker" online at and decided to try it. Everything I read was very positive, but I was still skeptical. I put it together according the "design #4" (basically because I had everything I needed just laying around the house), checked the nest yesterday (2 eggs), placed it according to the info online and waited to see what happened.

I hadn't seen either bluebird go anywhere near the box after I installed the spooker (although I wasn't watching it constantly), but when I checked this morning, mom had laid a 3rd egg !! She slipped inside while I wasn't looking, obviously.

As I watched the box (with spooker flying in the wind) this morning, I shot this photo of mom inside the box - it obviously didn't bother her at all !! What a relief !! I'll keep you posted as to how well it actually keeps other birds away.


  1. None too attractive, but if it keeps the sparrows at bay... then, heck, it would be in the "Awesome" category!!

  2. U G L Y... it ain't got no's UGLY !!

    (but not as much as finding dead bluebirds in the box, right?)

  3. Came home today and found female dead inside nest box (still sitting on nest) and eggs strewn on ground. Eggs would have hatched in 1-3 days. I don't care what it looks like as long as it saves my bluebirds from those dreadful sparrows!