Wordless Wednesday…New Tenants???

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Wordless Wednesday…New Tenants???


Larry and I monitor several bluebird boxes at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Sadly, since the freeze in 2021, some of the boxes have not been as productive.

One box had only one brood last year. All of the babies were taken by a predator.

This year, when Larry opened the box all he saw was this…


Not a bluebird nest. In fact, we weren’t sure if it was a nest. It looked like a mess of leaves, moss, and feathers. Larry decided to take a stick to try to move the leaves and branches to clear the box for a new tenant.


He gently started moving the grass and leaves but realized there was something in there. We came back and used our wireless endoscope to see what was in the box.


But he was surprised to see these little guys. 



New tenants!!!  They’re not bluebirds but we’re guessing they’re wrens.


Either way, we’re happy to have them. 

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Comments (20)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Aww, so sweet Kathy. Looks like they preferred to be living at a condo and not renting anymore!

May 31, 2023 04:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 we had no idea there was a nest there. A nice surprise. 

May 31, 2023 05:32 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I like your love of nature, Kathy!!! You found a new neighbor!!!

New tenants!!!  They’re not bluebirds but we’re guessing they’re wrens. Either way, we’re happy to have them.


May 31, 2023 04:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Sham Reddy CRS I love being outdoors and studying wildlife.

May 31, 2023 05:33 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Bluebirds are so pretty in both books and sound! It’s probably a blessing. Love and light and bluebirds

May 31, 2023 04:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Laura Cerrano they're even more stunning during mating season!

May 31, 2023 05:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh wow, Kathy... I guess the word is out in the bird community... where to go to nurture the babies.

May 31, 2023 04:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker We're hoping for one more brood in our box at home!

May 31, 2023 05:49 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I guess wrens are a bit messier than bluebirds!

May 31, 2023 04:46 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti you've got that right!  Their eggs are cute but nothing compared to the beautiful blue of the bluebird egg. 

May 31, 2023 06:01 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Are they testing the Fair bird housing act, Ha, ha? Either way they are going to stay. Enjoy your day.

May 31, 2023 04:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin  We uphold the Fair Bird Housing Act  however prefer not to have English Sparrows as tenants. 

May 31, 2023 06:05 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I definitely feel the word is to go to your place to have baby birds....wrens, bluebirds..it doesn't matter. They know they are welcome!

May 31, 2023 04:56 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Dorie Dillard Austin TX  The breeding season is almost over so our next task will be to clean and sanitize the boxes that were used and replace them. 

May 31, 2023 06:16 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that he was careful in his poking around and didn't just get rid of them.

May 31, 2023 06:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England it's actually illegal to destroy or tamper with over 800 species of bird's nests here in Texas if they have eggs or adults. I was concerned a snake had made its home there. 

May 31, 2023 06:19 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is good to hear that you have filled your vacancy with some very cute tenants!

May 31, 2023 06:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson one of my favorite things to do is sit outside and listen to the birds sing. 

May 31, 2023 06:21 PM
Ray Henson

Me too, especially early in the morning, Kathy Streib.

Jun 01, 2023 06:00 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Glad your tenants had space to spread out and enjoy their new home.

May 31, 2023 07:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I wish we could put cameras in the boxes!!!

May 31, 2023 06:21 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It appears that your family has increased.

Thanks for sharing this experience and your photographs.


May 31, 2023 08:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Roy Kelley I love the flowers!!!!I think we're up to 20 babies this year!! Hello to Chef Dolores. 

May 31, 2023 06:22 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Ahhhh what  a wonderful surprise to see these little babies Kathy!!  We arae delighting in the babies in our yard and all the birds loving the seed and water fountain. 

May 31, 2023 09:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker this is a fun time of year! We've also watched the newbie squirrels out chasing each other.

May 31, 2023 06:23 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - How wonderful that this bluebird box continues getting "new tenants."  I know Larry must be thrilled to find out.  I hope all the hatchlings continue to grow and thrive until it is time to fly away.

May 31, 2023 09:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I wish we could find out where all of the birds that have hatched and fledged from the boxes we monitor over the years have gone. I know that a percentage don't make it but it would be interesting to know. 

May 31, 2023 06:26 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, bet Larry was surprised to see these babies.    Sure does look like new tenants.

May 31, 2023 11:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox we were shocked. we've kept our eyes on the box but never saw any parent birds hanging around. 

May 31, 2023 06:27 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Kathy, wonder if they pay the same rent as the bluebirds?  Looks like they need a lesson on housekeeping.

May 31, 2023 11:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm that was the sloppiest nest I've seen. 

May 31, 2023 06:27 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

What a pleasant surprise Kathy Streib. Good thing you all had that scope to, um "if you will", scope things out.

May 31, 2023 12:48 PM
Kathy Streib

Doug Dawes good one!!! I bought Larry that scope years ago when he was working on one of our cars. He kept dropping parts in the engine. 

May 31, 2023 06:28 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I guess even birds have squatters ....... LOL

But at least the box is being utilized.

May 31, 2023 02:49 PM
Kathy Streib

Exactly George Souto Blue birds would have been fun to have but we're happy to have any bird. 

May 31, 2023 06:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It's always exciting to watch birds take up habitation in any housing we prepare for them.  You just reminded me of how to spend a special gift certificate given me.  I'm going to buy a bird house.

Jun 01, 2023 05:39 PM
Kathy Streib

That sounds like fun Myrl Jeffcoat we have 5 bluebird eggs that should be hatching any day now. 

Jun 03, 2023 06:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OMG loved this post so glad I stumbled upon it, nice that you have new tenants Kathy Streib 

Jun 01, 2023 11:01 PM
Kathy Streib

Endre Barath, Jr. the babies have already left the nest. the box is clean and ready for a new brood (I hope)

Jun 03, 2023 06:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow that was fast, we have a water fountain/bird bath and we are blessed with tons of visitors.... no one called it home yet in the back yard....Endre

Jun 03, 2023 10:23 PM