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Thanks Rose, for that reference.  I discovered when trying sialis.com that the address is not dot com, but dot org :  http://www.sialis.org/hosp.htm
June Newman
Carroll County

On Mar 25, 2009, at 10:26 AM, Rose Calton wrote:

The Sialis.com website has a diagram showing how to apply the monofiliment line to a Bluebird nest box.  If the House Sparrows have not claimed the box it seems to be an effective way of detering them, although nothing is 100% with the HOSP!  I used it on one of mine and the blues had no problems nesting and are now incubating 5 eggs.  As soon as the first egg was laid I attached a Sparrow Spooker. I used the monofiliment on another nestbox but it was not effective as I believe the Hosp had already claimed it.  Raising blues is full of drama, but the rewards are great!
 
Rose Calton
Conway, LaClede County
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MOBirders,
 
Perhaps we can help Sam and advise him on the best way to prevent the sparrows from going in.  I don't have a nest box, but I remember something about fishing line near the hole.  What is that trick again?
 
Thanks,
Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
 
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This morning in my yard I saw two siskins, three goldfinches, and a chickadee. It stinks because the sparrows have discovered the bluebird nestbox.
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