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Debi Naccarto

Bozeman, Mont, United States

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Our bluebird/tree swallow box was vacant this year. The wind blew open the door and before we could close it an Eastern Kingbird took occupancy. She just hatched three nestlings and stands watch over her nestlings.

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Unusual nests

Eastern Kingbird Takes Occupancy Of A Vacant Nestbox

Eastern Kingbird takes occupancy of a vacant bluebird box and has three nestlings!

4 responses to “Eastern Kingbird Takes Occupancy of a Vacant Nestbox”

  1. Barbara Peterson says:

    We have eastern kingbirds here in the Bitterroot Valley as well. I constructed a nest box based on your open box, Debi. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Charlotte Sprenkle says:

    I live in Chester County, Pennsylvania. I have noticed, for two days, a kingbird sitting on top of a bluebird box. The box is located in a park setting on the edge of an open field. I am not able to open it without a screwdriver which I will take with me tomorrow to look at the nest. It is obvious that something is nesting inside with twigs sticking out of the hole and bottom piece. I will let you know how I make out. I have checked thousands of bluebird boxes in my 37 years as a professional naturalist. I have never seen a kingbird take residence. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. CRAIG DOTSON says:

    We have bluebirds trying to build a nest in the “Bluebird Box” while being harassed by a couple of kingbirds. Competing for the space. We live in Larkspur, Colorado on the front range at about 6500 ft. Will see who wins. The box has had bluebirds since installed three years ago. Located near a water feature in a pine forest.

  4. Jon Welter says:

    We had a kingbird nest in one of our bluebird houses and the bluebirds nested in the other house. We live in Angola, IN.

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