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  •  Just out of curiosity; what don't you like about (5+ / 0-)

    the metal post? They are all I use now and I haven't found any problems with them. And the bluebirds don't seem to have any preference of one over the other. Is it because the predator guard is hard to mount on the metal post? I don't use predator guards on my blue bird houses. The biggest predator threat to  bluebird nest boxes are black snakes, even that is rare, but it has happened. Most predator guards won't stop them anyway. A big healthy black snake can climb about anything that it sets it's mind too but I believe a metal post would be as hard or harder for them to climb than a wood post. The two foot long stove pipe guards that I see on bluebird houses now and then wouldn't even slow down a five foot black snake. Anyways, just curious what you don't like about them.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 07:54:38 PM PDT

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    •  That's really good to know. The crappy guard comes (5+ / 0-)

      off tomorrow! I haven't seen any black snakes around here, so off it comes. Thanks for the input - I appreciate it.

      Yeah, the post is fine, but the guard was not going to work out well. Now to see if the Bluebird I saw about 3 weeks ago is still around. With the weather warming up the next several days, I'm hopeful.

      •  Just to be clear, I'm not saying that the guards (4+ / 0-)

        are necessarily bad, they may help with certain predators like raccoons, weasels, or mink, but the biggest problem I've had here are black snakes, and I believe that the metal posts are better at deterring all of the above. But you noticed I said, "I think". I could be wrong, but as far as I know I haven't had any bluebird houses that are mounted on steel posts hit by any kind of predator.

        I hope you get bluebirds in your house. I don't know about the whole state but I get up to the southeastern corner of Iowa once or twice a year and there is a pretty stable population of bluebirds in that area.

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon

        by burnt out on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:14:49 PM PDT

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        •  We first saw them here last year. Two fledglings (4+ / 0-)

          were sitting on our deck railing and the parents were feeding them. This was probably August. I thought they migrated, but we saw one in February - looking petty cold and miserable - again on the deck rail. So I'm good without a guard. Actually, I thought it would be hard for a raccoon to climb a metal post. I guess we'll just see. We do have mink down by our pond, but that's a good 500' away. Tomorrow the guard comes down.

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