2017 has been a very good year for our Bluebird Boxes!
Thanks to Dave Cheer, board member and volunteer, for looking after the Bluebird boxes. Here is a little report about Dave’s amazing work this year:
- 40 Bluebird boxes were put out/repaired in the spring 2016.
- Dave has just finished the year end clean out of the boxes.
- Bird nests were found in 27 of the Bluebird boxes.
- Dave saw three Bluebirds in the nesting season.
- He also found several boxes filled with small twigs. From an egg left in one of these, he was able to identify that the occupants were King Birds.
About the Bluebird
The Bluebird is a medium sized bird noticeable by the blue, orange and white plumage. Bluebirds prefer an open range habitat with scattered trees and are often seen perched on a wire.
By the 1970s the Bluebird population had declined drastically due to the introduction of species such as the House Sparrow and Starlings that competed for nesting sites. In the 1980s and 90s sportsmen (women) and environmental groups began building and locating Bluebird nesting boxes and then monitoring what was called the Bluebird Trail. Bluebird numbers increased dramatically.
In the early 1990s about 40 Bluebird nesting boxes were put up along the Saugeen RailTrail. In 2015 it was noted that the Bluebird boxes required replacement or renovation. Dave Cheer, a member of the Saugeen RailTrail, replaced or repaired 40 nesting boxes. These boxes will now be monitored and kept clean yearly.
The nesting boxes are designed for Bluebirds but they will also attract Tree Swallows, House Sparrows, field mice, insects and even squirrels that will try to enlarge the entrance hole.
Enjoy the birds as you hike the RailTrail. You will find many species of birds flying about. For those birds you see but don’t recognize, note the size, shape, colour, characteristics and habitat, then Google them.