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Roseland Park Bluebird Trail - 2009

Roseland Park Bluebird Trail.
Click on image above for larger version. In 2008, this trail consists of 8 boxes.

See trail description. I"adopted" this trail in 2008. I put small squares of "Bounce" fabric softener sheets in boxes that had mice in 2007/2008 as a deterrent. All boxes were cleaned and caulked on 3/23/08. No boxes have baffles, but all are mounted on metal poles, about 5 feet off the ground. I expect House Wren problems, but will wait one year before moving boxes. In 2008, it consisted of 9 boxes. Also see info on unmanaged boxes on golf course across the street.

2008 Roseland Trail Log
ID   2007 USE 2007-2008 Attempt #, Species & Fate Dates Notes
NABS 28 lakefront, trees, lawn, paired w/15 EABL 2007: EABL
2008: BCCH S, 6 eggs
3 chicks. First egg 5/16.
  4/5: a little grass.
NABS 15 lakefrong, trees, lawn, paired w/28 Mouse/
Bumblebees
HOWR F
2008: HOWR S
   
SLOT 10 near brambles, woods Mouse Mouse?
HOWR S
2008 HOWR S
   
SLOT 3 near brambles, woods Mouse HOWR F
2008: HOWR dummy
   
NABS 19 near entrance Not there HOWR S
2008: HOWR S
   
NABS 23 lawn, garden, 40? ft from 22 EABL? HOWR

EABL

NEST 3/22

2008: EABL, first egg 4/14, S, 2nd nesting S

3/23: nest start 3/28: completed EABL nest
4/8: 1st egg? could have been earlier.

4/5: no eggs yet
4/12: 4 eggs, so first egg as late as 4/8. Female appeared to be incubating.

5/31: HOSP? Heard one.
6/2: Blue is back (some sticks and pine needles) put up wren guard.

NABS 22 lawn, garden, 40? ft from 23 ? HOWR S
2008: HOWR S
   
TROYER 9 lakefront, lawn New in 2008 HOWR F
EABL S
2008: EABL S
  4/5, 4/12: completed bluebird nest, no eggs
NABS 10T lakefront, lawn New in 2008

EABL S
2 nestlings fledged, 1 unhatched eggs egg.

EABL F

2008: EABL S (2 nestlings), second nesting F

   
TROYER 1 Roseland Cottage, middle New 04/05/09     In location where bluebirds nested last year
NABS-PETE HOLE 2 Roseland Cottage, garden New 04/05/09     4/12: Bluebird nest start - pine

Notes:

  • Mice are clearly going to be the biggest challenge here, along with House Wrens. No HOSP seen.
  • 4/15: saw female bluebird. No action other than mice in other boxes.
  • 4/26: heard a HOSP by barn. Realized there are a bunch of boxes on the golf course too! All had mouse, paperwasps, some HOWR and 3 with flying squirrels, one with EABL nest.
  • 5/1: removed Bounce, may be deterring birds.

ROSELAND GOLF COURSE TRAIL

IMPORTANT NOTE: This trail was NOT monitored regularly or modified in 2008 for evaluation purposes.

These wooden boxes were installed at the same time as the park boxes above. They are all slot/1.5" entrance holes, mounted in brambles on metal poles without predator guards. Many are wet inside due to poor design and cracking roofs. We made forensic guesses on usage in 2007 when cleaning out the boxes for the first time. We did not manage or monitor the boxes in 2008, in order to get a baseline. In 2009, boxes will be cleaned, repaired, moved and predator guards will be installed. IMO, the four main reasons this trail is so unproductive are:

2008 Roseland GOLF COURSE Log
ID 2007 USE (forensic guess) 2008 USE
(forensic guess)
Dates Notes
11?
Bluebird and HOWR HOWR? lots of pine needles. Move off steep slope cleaned 1/4/09  
25
Flying squirrel (live) Flying Squirrel, no occupant cleaned 1/4/09  
4
Mouse? Bluebird? EABL F
Mouse
4/26: 4 eggs
5/11: at least 1 hatched
cleaned 1/4/09
4/26: dropped all eggs on ground while cleaning out mouse part
5/3: 1 egg hatching - see photo
5/11: 1 broken egg, 1 broken partially developed, no baby
5/17: empty (a little mouse/FS? material?
1
Mouse and HOWR HOWR cleaned 1/4/09  
29
Bluebird in past, Mouse and HOWR 2" (low) nest, some gray feathers, grass etc. cleaned 1/4/09  
30
Ants and Mouse Mouse, vine on pole cleaned 1/4/09  
7
Mouse/squirrel Flying Squirrel - nuts. Need to move. cleaned 1/4/09  
20
Flying Squirrel Flying Squirrel/Mouse nest cleaned 1/4/09  
16
Flying Squirrel Flying Squirrel/Mouse cleaned 1/4/09  
26
?nest Mouse - sticks and nuts cleaned 1/4/09 4/26: PW
21
Mouse/Flying Suqirrel Mouse (nuts) cleaned 1/4/09  
12
Mouse ? not checked 4/26: 4 eggs
cleaned 1/4/09
4/26: dropped all eggs on ground while cleaning out mouse part
5
Mouse Mouse (4 roosting) cleaned 1/4/09  
8
Mouse and PW Mouse. DAP-ped top. cleaned 1/4/09 4/26: PW
17
Mouse and wasps HOWR. Primo spot, box falling apart cleaned 1/4/09 4/26: PW
2
? HOWR + Mouse cleaned 1/4/09  
6
Mouse and wasps Mouse (partial), wet inside cleaned 1/4/09 4/26: PW

No boxes found in either the Roseland golf course location or Roseland Park with this number: 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 24, 27

SUMMARY OF ANNUAL RESULTS - Number of Nests /Eggs
YEAR # boxes EABL TRES BCCH HOSP TUTI HOWR
2007 (not monitored)
6
1/3?
None?
None?
None?
None?
?
2008 (monitored)
8
2 pair, 4 nestings, 1 failed, 18 eggs, 16 fledged
0
1 - 6 eggs, 2/3 hatched, 2 fledged
1 attempt?
0
4 nests, assume 14 fledged
2008 (golf course, not monitored)
17
2 failed nests (8 eggs)
0
0
0
0
unknown - looks like 4 boxes uses

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When Nature made the bluebird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast, and ordained that his appearance in spring should denote that the strife and war between these two elements was at an end. He is the peace-harbinger; in him the celestial and terrestrial strike hands and are fast friends. He means the furrow and he means the warmth; he means all the soft, wooing influences of the spring on the one hand, and the retreating footsteps of winter on the other.
John Burroughs, The Bluebird, 1867

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