Monday, November 14, 2011

A Bad Year for Bluebirds

The November issue of The Cardinal, the monthly newsletter of the North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club, shared bad news from Greg Mucciolo, who monitors a number of bluebird boxes in various locations.

This year was not a good one for eastern bluebirds in our area. Between the heat, the drought, and the general lack of bugs, very few birds were able to fledge young. Greg counted a total of 12 eastern bluebird fledglings as well as 8 ash-throated flycatcher fledglings in his boxes. He also discovered a young dead screech owl in one of the boxes.

Here's hoping next year will be better.

Consider putting up nest boxes in your yard.

Good birding!

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