Have you seen plenty of fluttering of wings on with those brilliant blue males establishing breeding territory and sitting on your existing nestboxes? It’s that time. Is it still just too cold for that and are you laden with snow cover and ice? Are your boxes ready–cleaned, repaired, and ready for those new, fresh nesting materials and for the human monitoring we need to do?
I have been spending time educating others in public talks and in training others on the joys and sometimes challenges in monitoring nestboxes. Now I need to get my own monitoring sheets ready and get my notebook updated. I’m adding more nesting boxes this year–not too many more–I need to maintain weekly monitoring and keep those accurate records.
Thank goodness for the volunteers from the Virginia Master Naturalists, who will be getting some training in my local area to help me on my own bluebird trail and other trails in our area in Southwest VA on public lands! I’m very grateful for such hard-working folks who volunteer their valuable time to help our natural world, whether it is birds, mammals, native plants, water monitoring so much more and whatever is needed. I, too, am close to certification myself as a Virginia Master Naturalist by just a few more volunteer hours. It’s a good feeling to accomplish tasks that is highly worthwhile and to keep learning!
I will do all I can to keep you up to date on the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail and also on the Facebook page, which is a very informative page for many who are active on social networking and can get updates to their News Feeds from my trail happenings. As soon as I get my first egg, I’ll report in! Thanks for your continued support. All the best to you and your birds during our upcoming spring. By all mean, let me know if I can help in any way. I’ll do what I can to answer your questions on this site or on the Facebook page. Happy Spring to all–whenever it gets here. We had 21 inches of snow a few weeks ago–unusual for our area–and we were snowed in for 5 days. Then it got up to 65-70 degrees for two days — the Polar Vortex has now returned! The birds will pace themselves when they feel the time is right–the incubating female can hold egg laying until she’s comfortable doing so. I’ve seen her lay a couple, and then delay a few days during very sudden cold snaps, and come back a few days later and lay a couple more to complete the clutch.
The photo is a recent installation I did this month (February).