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I have 5 bluebird spec houses in a field that have been occupied by bluebirds, tree swallows and English sparrows (evicted) for several years. Last year and so far this years there are no takers. Before there was much competition for occupancy. Nests have been cleaned. What could be the problem. There have been no major changes in or around field. 

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4 hours ago, Potts said:

I have 5 bluebird spec houses in a field that have been occupied by bluebirds, tree swallows and English sparrows (evicted) for several years. Last year and so far this years there are no takers. Before there was much competition for occupancy. Nests have been cleaned. What could be the problem. There have been no major changes in or around field. 

Welcome to Whatbird @Potts. You don't mention where you're located so this may be irrelevant, but the bluebirds and swallows haven't returned from migration here in my part of Southern Ontario. Perhaps you're just anticipating the birds nesting earlier than they plan to. 

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On 4/8/2024 at 11:42 AM, Potts said:

I have 5 bluebird spec houses in a field that have been occupied by bluebirds, tree swallows and English sparrows (evicted) for several years.

Welcome!

Bluebirds like open space in front of the houses.  Any chance the areas in front have become overgrown over the years?

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On 4/11/2024 at 6:55 PM, Potts said:

I just take out old nesting material and they are up all year 

It is possible they need to be scrubbed with a bleach solution.  Sometimes rodents and other birds can bring in mites.  I wash my birdhouses every year, sometimes twice a year.

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