This was our first year tracking a trail of boxes. Linda has some data. I
may try some of the PVC style houses next yr. Thanks for the report.
On Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 10:01 PM wrote:
> My nestboxes on the property (3 acres) here at home in Canandaigua were
> pretty successful for the most part this yr. 3 pairs of Bluebbirds were
> successful in fledging 27 young this yr. 1 pair nested 3 times fledging a
> total of 13 young (they lost 1 nestling in a brood of 4 during the
> inclement weather early in the season), a 2nd pair nested twice fledging 10
> young. The 3rd pair nested twice but the 1st clutch had a House wren remove
> the 1st egg laid. The Bluebirds laid 3 more eggs however but none hatched &
> I suspect they were infertile. This pair (I'm reasonably sure it was the
> same pair) moved to another house & raised a brood of 4. 5 of the 6
> Bluebird broods were raised in a PVC style nestbox. Another pair nested on
> adjacent property in a house I installed but I didn't monitor that nestbox.
> A Chickadee was successful in raising 6 young and 2 House wrens nested,
> raising 9 young total. A Tree swallow lost a clutch of 6 eggs (possibly
> removed by a Purple martin, nest was in a martin complex. Martins did not
> nest). The swallows did not renest unfortunately.
> The Bluebirds and Chickadees were supplemented with daily (sometimes twice
> daily) offerings of mealworms and the adults and fledglings are still
> coming for them.
> A very interesting & enjoyable nesting season overall.
> Kyle Gage
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