I saw something today that I am almost afraid to blog about. (Will I jinx it?)
A pair of bluebirds were on the nesting box.
I held my breath as I watched them go in and out of the box. As they flew away, I prepared some meal worms and once again rethought all that I did right and wrong. Then something came into my head...I remember that as I was removing the dead chicks from the box, there were ants crawling around inside, and one of them bit me. Fire ants.
I thought back to something I had read on Bluebird Nut about ants. Ants, especially fire ants, can attack and kill chicks.
We had previously tried to eradicate a colony about 3 years ago, but they came back. They live right under my new chokeberry tree, which is not far from the nest box.
Anyone out there ever even entertained the notion that ANTS would kill chicks? I hadn't.
So now, if the bluebirds are going to try again, I will have to smear the pole with grease, oil, whatever sticks.
Ants...*shaking head in disbelief*