This week we’ve had a pair of bluebirds working on their second clutch and the mother appears to be incubating a brood of five eggs! She added a bit of grass to their old nest and are continuing to use the same nest box. Sometimes bluebirds will use a new nestbox, but will occasionally use the same box for both clutches. While mom is incubating, the male bluebird is foraging and bringing her insects while being accompanied by the fledglings from their previous clutch.
On Friday we banded the nestlings at another nesting location. We’re thankful to have had some CVNS volunteers help out with that and get to hold and see some baby bluebirds. We banded five nestling bluebirds who all appear to be in good health – which is great news considering their parents had a nest failure earlier on in the spring.
I have been working to get materials together to improve our bluebird trails for next year. Some boxes need replacing, while others are getting modified to reduce the risk of predation. For example, we’re installing a stucco-wire guard on the top of some boxes to deter owls (among other raptors) from landing on top and harming the nestlings inside. This modification was inspired and guided by personnel from the BC Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program.
We will have one final session of bird banding is as little as two weeks from now! I will send out an email closer to the time of banding with an invite for anybody who has not gotten the chance to be involved in banding.
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend,
2 Active Nesting Sites