EVOLUTION OF THE TRAIL: FROM PLANNING to TODAY

When we moved into our new home, this aged and weathered box and wood post existed on the grounds. This was a warm year--this photo was taken March 2006--my first bluebird pair ever. What was to happen here after is part of the story--these cute bluebirds were not successful--first and second brood. That is how my love for bluebirding got started and how my trail started soon after that.

When we moved into our new home, this aged and weathered box and wood post existed on the grounds. This was a warm year–this photo was taken March 2006–my first bluebird pair ever. What was to happen here after is part of the story–these cute bluebirds were not successful–first and second brood. That is how my love for bluebirding got started and how my trail started soon after that.

Hungry? How can one not be charmed by this?

Hungry? How can one not be charmed by this?

Here is the making of my first 14 boxes of the trail -- photo taken in January 2007.

Here is the making of my first 14 boxes of the trail — photo taken in January 2007.


  

This bluebird trail has been quite a work in progress, starting in 2006 when I arrived in my new home in Southwest Virginia.  As I develop this page, I will explain some short history, experiences, and photos as I learned along the way and how I changed my strategies for monitoring the boxes and how the actual nesting boxes themselves and all equipment and installations changed and improved.  As I find time to develop this, I will add here.  I hope you find this enjoyable.  Everyone is new at this bluebirding thing — we quickly learn how joyful it is and how quickly we become “hooked” to helping them.  The photos above represent the first couple and existing weather bluebird box on the property (my first bluebird couple), seeing hungry nestlings for the first time, and then the creation of my first nesting boxes. 

This graphic below shows nesting succession from 2008 to 2015.   This graphic will be updated and posted here as a fast glance on how the nestings performed from year to year:

WHBBT TOTAL BIRDS FLEDGED--ONE PAGE

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