New homes ready for our Bluebird friends.

Checking out the nesting options. (Courtesy of Texas Bluebird Society)
Checking out the nesting options.
(Courtesy of Texas Bluebird Society)

Several members of the Nature Center volunteers worked in the cold and drizzle on the morning of February 2nd to insure that at our bluebird friends would find a warm welcome. If you’re hiking the trails, you’ll see 5 new houses installed. Notice that they are placed in open areas with easy access for the bluebirds, are spaced far apart as the males are territorial, and with baffles installed on the poles to prevent predators such as snakes, racoons and others from gaining access to the nests. As spring approaches, keep an eye out for the males, who will stake out their claim on a nesting box, and then try to attract their mates with their courting behavior of flapping their wings and serenading their potential partners.

Installing the boxes at the Nature Center. (Courtesy of Phil Wyde)
Installing the boxes at the Nature Center.
(Courtesy of Phil Wyde)

For your awareness, National Nest Box Week (NNBW) runs from 14th February to 21st February.

For more information on bluebirds and how to attract them to your backyard, check out the Texas Bluebird Society.

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