Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The HOT and Dry Dog Days of August!

This time of year is really hard for me in Georgia, with the HOT days and no rain make it hard to want to be a gardener or even be out side. It is also hard on wildlife and the Bluebirds.

You see less of them out and about during the HOT part of the days, they stay up in the trees where it is cooler.

The nesting season for this year 2016 has come to a close, they have finished nesting and all the babies have fledged. The season ended a little earlier this year over last year. Maybe the heat had something to do with it, but they started nesting earlier in the year as well. We had three Nest Boxes that had a total of four broods hatch in each book.

That means that in these three Nest Boxes we had at least twenty birds hatch and fledge. That just shows you that cleaning the Nest Boxes after each brood is a good thing.

When the babies are developing in the nest, the parents feed each of them twice an hour. So you can see why we provide dried mealworms for them during the nesting season. This ensures that they have food available and close by.

After they fledge the nest, the babies are not able to feed themselves for the first 30 days after leaving the nest. The parents provide food for them during this time until they learn to feed themselves.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Nest Watch
Nesting Summary
Total Nesting Sites (38), Total Nesting Attempts (79), Total Eggs (328), Total Young (301),
Total Fledglings (293),
as of ( 8/08/16)

Come join us on one or all of our Fall Bluebird Trail Walk and Talk Tours.

We are hoping to have some of these approved MAP'S up at key locations along the Bluebird Trail Soon.

We welcome you to become a Friend of the Bluebird Trail by making a Tax Free Contribution to help feed and support the Bluebirds at Green Meadows Preserve.

A big Thank You to all the people who support with contributions and the Friends who help with all the work necessary to keep the Bluebird Trail in good Nesting condition and helping with Nest Box checking.
This has been a record setting year for the Bluebird Trail, we had more birds hatched and fledged than any year since we started the Trail in the spring of 2012.
Total Fledglings ( 293 )
Thank You!