Our annual end of the year meeting is scheduled. We kindly ask all volunteers to join us for this event. Date: November 1, 2019 Time: 10-11 AM Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 9535 Clarence Center Rd, Clarence Center, NY 14032. We will review our current stats and how they compare to previous years. All are welcome, even […]
Tips and tricks and other tidbits.
It’s that time of year again—the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and there’s a chill in the air. The Bluebirds recognize when summer is over, and nesting comes to a halt. Our volunteers finish cleaning out the nest boxes and make repairs before the snow begins to fall. It’s the close of […]
The winter has been rough this year, but the Bluebirds are still around. The Eastern Bluebirds don’t always leave the area for warmer pastures. If they can find sources of food, shelter, and water, they will chill out in your back yard. One of our volunteers sent these photos from his home. As you can […]
Bluebird nestbox in winter. Photo by A. T. Baron We still have snow on the ground, but The Clarence Bluebird Trail is getting ready for spring. I spent a sunny but chilly afternoon checking all of our nest boxes for winter damage. Some of our boxes were easily accessible while others required me to don […]
It’s February and that means many things to the bird enthusiasts. First, The Great Backyard Bird Count is fast approaching. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society launched the event in 1998. It was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. The […]
If you keep up with our group, and the escapades of Bluebird Nest Box monitoring, you will know that House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) are a major problem. This invasive species will not only take over a box, but also kill nestlings and adults of other species. While out checking boxes, I had to remove a […]
Our organization was created to help the Bluebirds increase their numbers. As the state bird of New York, we aim to provide them with nesting boxes for a better chance, but they are not the only bird we should think about. The American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is our national bird and is the only eagle […]
I usually am fully prepared when I check the Bluebird nest boxes. I always have my trusty bag of tools, gloves, extendable mirror, a 5×7 piece of clear plastic/glass to prevent nestlings from hopping out, and a pair of pliers. I will also have my note pad to jot down my data. It is recommended […]
We have been having a difficult time with two of our nest boxes. The only birds that have been using them are House Sparrows. We check them often and remove any nest material from the invasive species, but these birds are persistent. So we have decided to remove the boxes altogether. Sorry sparrows, you will […]
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