Bring Back the Bluebirds Project Update – June 15th: First Steps

Hello all,

It’s been a busy week with the bluebird project. We officially have fledglings hopping around at one of our nest sites! We believe there are four newly fledged birds at this site but are yet to determine which four (getting their colour band combos is tough!). As these fledglings grow and learn of the world their parents have already moved on to a nearby nest box and have begun to construct a new nest – the earliest signs of beginning a second clutch. It’s very rewarding to see the birds at this location be so successful.

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A juvenile Western Bluebird. This guy has only been out of the nest box for a few days now! The fledglings have a stark white eye-ring unlike their parents. Photo by Braden J.

At another nest site we banded nestlings this week. These cute birds now have their coloured leg bands on and they will likely fledge sometime next week! With the help of supplementing mealworms we should see their parents work on a second clutch sometime soon. We’ve had some trouble with European Starlings getting in our feeding trays and eating the mealworms – but, some additional mesh work seems to do the job and keeps them out.

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Mama bluebird visiting the mealworm tray. The mesh on top is designed to keep larger birds, such as European Starlings, out of the feeder while allowing smaller birds, such as Western Bluebirds, to enter and feed. It usually works, but every now and then a small starling gets a free snack. Photo by Braden J.

A reminder that on Tuesday, June 18th at 4:00pm at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre (1845 Cowichan Bay Road) we will have a casual meeting that we encourage all trail monitors and interested volunteers to attend! Hannah and I (Braden) will be there. This will be a great opportunity for us to discuss current trail situations and will allow us to give you all an update on current project happenings. The CVNS will be hosting a potluck at 5:00pm (after our meeting) that you are not obligated to attend (but you’re also more than welcome to!).

Population Summary

9+ Adults
4+ Fledglings
7+ Eggs
3 Active Nests
3 Nestlings
2 Solo Males

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