Blue Bird Boxes |                        

BACKGROUND

The Eastern bluebird is a secondary cavity nester that for years was in decline due to loss of habitat.   Rotting snags are often removed for safety and aesthetic reasons – these are the very places that bluebirds have traditionally nested in the abandoned holes of woodpeckers.

Fortunately, bluebirds adapt readily to nest boxes and the American Bluebird Society encouraged a movement to install nest boxes and bluebird trails in neighborhoods with suitable habitat.  Suitable habitat includes fields and open spaces; golf courses offer ideal habitat to place nest boxes.

In 2015, the Conservation Committee partnered with an Eagle Scout candidate, Robert Leonard, to construct 20 boxes, and install them in the backyards of residents who signed up to adopt a blue bird box. 

Twenty sites were selected and Robert and his troop installed the boxes in November of 2015.







Blue Bird Boxes |  YEAR ONE - 2016  
                   

Bluebirds started looking for viable nesting sites in February and March of 2016. 

Three Conservation Committee members were assigned to keep in touch with the nest box stewards.  There was much drama with competition from house sparrows, woodpeckers, wasps, Cuban frogs, snakes, and the accidental death of at least one fledgling.  However, at least two boxes fledged 4-5 young, and one pair of birds successfully raised 3 broods in one season.  It is estimated that the first year yielded at least 20 fledglings.

At the end of the 2016 nesting season box locations were re-evaluated and some boxes were moved to more appropriate locations.






Blue Bird Boxes | YEAR TWO - 2017 

A more proactive approach to bluebird house monitoring was instituted in 2017. Most houses were checked weekly and interiors were photographed to document progress.

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