Aug 17 update

Hello All Bluebird Aficionados,

As the last of the bluebird clutches of the summer have fledged, it appears that this season is drawing to a close. There are a total of seven new fledglings leaving the valley this year to mysterious locations south of the border. We wish them safe journeys and look forward to seeing them back next spring. There were two nesting territories this year and a total of 11 adults were spotted on Vancouver Island.

We used this quiet summer to spend time increasing the safety of our bluebird trails. This was achieved by replacing inaccessible boxes with ones that we can keep House Sparrows out of and by moving many boxes off of fences and on to posts with mammal guards and raptor guards. I want to express my gratitude to the landowners that generously allowed us to make all these changes on their properties.

Thanks as well to the intrepid trail monitors who keep track of all our boxes, to the volunteers that feed mealworms to our hungry families and of course to Ted who is the both the reason we have mealworms to feed at all and the provider of excellent feeders. I also wish to express my appreciation for all the help that Genevieve has given me as I found my feet in this new role. I am truly inspired by this community!

Normally at this time of year we would invite you all to an End of Season Appreciation Potluck. I hope very much that we will do this next summer, it will be nice to see all your faces again without a glowing screen and maybe even share food again one day (Gasp!). This year we are planning an online gathering for August 22, at 10:30 am. Please join us! We will share some of the season’s photos as well as a little video of a few species’ nestlings. I will send everyone a link to join in.

Thank you all so much,

Jacquie Taylor and Brielle Reidlinger

 

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