Yesterday’s post was about a couple of Bent Tree homeowners who took it upon themselves to clean, repair, replace, and monitor the neglected bluebird boxes on the golf course. They have become the caretakers of the bluebird boxes. Today’s post gives a few more details.
Some of the older boxes were constructed using nails and the boxes could not be easily opened for cleaning. Where needed, the caretakers replaced the nails with screws so the cleaning and other maintenance can be properly done. Squirrels and wasps have caused some issues. A squirrel gnawed around the hole on the newly installed front of one of the boxes. Wasps began building nests in several boxes, and the caretakers promptly cleaned them out.
Many of the renovated boxes have already been used for nesting and raising babies. As of the beginning of this week, at least one group of babies had already fledged. The caretakers have already cleaned out the box, and it is ready for the next nest. Sadly, a nest of dead babies was discovered. The caretakers dug a little hole and buried them, nest and all. Then they cleaned out that box and it is ready for the next nesting cycle.
Following are pictures of some of the bluebird boxes on the golf course (click thumbnail for larger image). This first photo (taken in February) shows a box before repairs were completed. You can see where some pieces have been replaced/added to the old houses. The new fronts and roofs have a fresh coat of green paint. The all green box is a total replacement for one that was beyond repair. Note: the locations of the boxes were not changed.