Monday, August 13, 2018

Nesting Season 2018 Numbers!

The 2018 Nesting Season was a good year, we were only one fledgling short of the 2017 year. The nesting season for 2018 has come to a end. You will still see a lot of Bluebirds on the Trail, but none are building Nest this time of year.


2018 Quick Summary

(44) Total Nest Site's   (76) Total Nesting Attempts   (319) Total Eggs

(282) Total Young and (282) Total Fledglings


General Public

Walk and Talk Tours

October 6th, November 17th, December 8th

(Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm)

Jim B cell 404-202-8755
jimbearden@bellsouth.net
bluebirdtrail.blogspot.com


Green Meadows Preserve Bluebird Trail:
Where Birds come to Life!
Thanks for joining us along the trail.....Jim B


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nesting Season # 7 Is Ending!

This years nesting season is slowing down and coming to an end. We only have one remaining nest on the Bluebird Trail that has eggs in the NestBox. It has not changed in the past two weeks, so it is doubtful that the one remaining egg will hatch. We have had a very successful nesting year, not a record but very close to matching last year.
One of two new sets of steps!


Both completed by a Eagle Scout Candidate.

                                    
Fall Walk and Talk Tours Scheduled for the General Public!

Dates and Times

(Saturday morning 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon)

Oct. 6th, Nov. 17th, Dec. 8th

For questions: Call Jim B (cell) 404-202-8755
jimbearden@bellsouth.net
bluebirdtrail.blogspot.com

Green Meadows Preserve Bluebird Trail: Where Birds Come to Life!
Thanks for joining us along the trail.....Jim B




 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July / August the HOT of Summer!

I am ready for some fall weather already! This time of year it becomes very hard to want to go out and check NestBoxes, fill Feeders with mealworms and most of all Weed Eat around all the poles, perches and benches.
These babies think I am one of the parents bringing them something to eat. At this age they react to sounds, when I open the door to check the NestBoxes.

The parents feed these little babies twice an hour each, so it is a busy task for the parents to just keep the babies feed. That is one of the big reasons we have Feeder Stations and feeders that we keep filled with dried mealworms. During the peck nesting months we feed them about 44 lbs of mealworms a month, which I order online for $230.00 with free shipping.


We still have about 45 days to go for this years nesting season. Through last week we have fledged 227 baby birds this nesting season. We have approximately 25 birds in the nest and about 20 more eggs still to hatch.

This may not we a record year, but it certainly will be a good year. Our record so far was 2016 at 293 birds fledged. Last year was a close second with 283 fledged. We have had a lot going on with the new Parkside Shopping Center and now the construction that is in progress for the new parking lot and new entrance off Old Hamilton Road.



New Stone Steps with Handrails, one of our recent Eagle Scout Projects that was completed during the month of June.

A second set of steps going up by the bees was built by the same Eagle Scout.






Be on the look out for our fall Walk and Talk Tour dates flyer to be published soon for Tours starting
 in October for the General Public.

For questions: Call Jim B (cell) 404-202-8755 or jimbearden@bellsouth.net

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome To First Day of SPRING 2018!


Seems like it has been a long time coming with all the rain and changing weather patterns, but it is hear. The First Day of Spring 2018! The Birds have been busy scouting out the Nest Boxes and trying to decide which house they wanted for their very own this spring.



The Tree of Life is coming awake with her new buds and growth. She is 182 years old today, as we gave her a Birthday of the 1st day of Spring.








Come join us on one of our Walk and Talk Tours during the coming months. Green Meadows Preserve where Bluebird come to life!






Thursday, March 1, 2018

This Is Our " Seventh " Nesting Season!

March is the beginning of a new nesting season. If you have Bluebird Nest Boxes in your yard, now would be a good time to check them and make sure they are cleaned out and ready for someone to move in.

Come join us on the Green Meadows Preserve Bluebird Trail and learn more about our project and the success we have had over the past six years.



 
2018
Dates and Times
 
March 10th, April 7th, May 12th
(All Times: Saturday morning 10am - 12:00pm
 
For questions: Call Jim B (cell) 404-202-8755 or jimbearden@bellsouth.net
Follow us at the Bluebird Trail Blog http://bluebirdtrail.blogspot.com/
 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NEW YEAR - 2018 - OUR SIXTH NESTING SEASON

A Big Belated Happy New Year


This year sure has been interesting so far with the bazar wheather patterns we have been having. The poor birds are all very confused, they have always stayed in Marietta during the winter, but this year it is cold for much longer number of days. They are not so sure about staying, but they do stay.

I will have to admit that I did not do a very good job last year 2017 of keeping this BLOG up dated. My New Years goal is to do a better job of doing so this year. During the nesting season it is more difficult because it is very time consuming when checking the Nest Boxes each week March through August and the recording the information with NestWatch.

My goal this year is to keep the blog up dated at least on a monthly schedule with any news and Walk and Talk Tour information.

If you have been out to Green Meadows Preserve lately you have seen a lot of new benches, steps and the outdoor classroom under the pecan and black walnut trees. These have all be done by a number of different Eagle Scout's for their Eagle Scout accreditation.

A set of stone stairs with wood hand rail was built and installed by Eagle Scout candidate Jack Smith. He and his support staff also spread a truck load of mulch on the walking trail going west towards the open fields.

This has helped a lot to keep the trail from being so muddy with all the rain and snow we have had this winter.







This photo is of Jack Smith and his Mom Suzanne when he received his Eagle Scout Certification.


If you use the park on a regular basis you can see the amount of volunteer hours that go into doing these projects by Master Gardeners, Eagle Scouts and groups that do Community Service projects like picking up trash that is discarded by people using the Park. These are the people that should have more respect for our Parks, they are throwing trash in the very Park they are using for their own enjoyment?

Outdoor classroom was constructed and donated to Green Meadows Preserve by Eagle Scout candidate Thomas Jeffery Wetmore. This classroom is used by many different project groups, the Master Gardener's that maintain the grounds around the old house and the Cherokee Garden.

It is used by myself when we have garden groups that are taking a Walk and Talk Tour of the Bluebird Trail.

As well as the groups we do tours for on regular basis from the general public, that be promote through the MDJ and post on the information boards.


Additional classroom benches were constructed and donated to the Park by Eagle Scout candidate Ethan Lindler.








Ethan also built a set of handrail for the stone steps leading up to the community garden as another part of his Eagle Scout project.



Ethan and I with my dog Daisy meeting to sign off on his paperwork so he could submit it to his Scout leader.

These seven beautiful wooden benches were built, installed and donated to Green Meadows Preserve Park by Eagle Scout candidate Kevin Donahoe. They were all installed by Kevin and his team of helpers on the East Side of the Park along the walking trail.

We have another Eagle Scout candidate Nolan Moore that will be building six more benches and they will be installed along the trail out in the open field on the west side of the park.