I think it was Bryan Pfeiffer (excuse me if I am wrong here, Bryan)
who pointed out to a group of us some years back that bluebird boxes
that are planed and sanded smooth on the inside can become death
traps, since the birds can get in, but cannot climb back out (nothing
to grab onto). Does this sound right, those of you with bird house
Quoting Karen Willard <[log in to unmask]>:
> I saw a single male Eastern Bluebird at Dead Creek (Brilyea access)
> while walking on the trial that extends from the parking lot past
> the dam. That was in late march and since that time the
> temperatures had dropped again. I haven't been back there to see if
> it survived the cold weather.
> When I was in South Carolina this winter working on a bluebird
> research project three dead bluebirds were found in Bluebird boxes
> (two in one box and one in another). It was assumed that the birds
> had not survived the extended cold snap.
> I wonder if the cold spring we had this year is keeping the bluebirds away.
> Lance Tanino <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There were six Bonaparte's Gulls on the eastern end of Retreat Meadows.
> One gull was almost in full breeding plumage.
> Lance Tanino
> Keene, NH
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