I think that the bluebirds that came through on their normal March schedule
(or that wintered over in Vermont) and began to nest at their normal time in
March died from exposure/starvation owing to this spring's abnormally cold,
stormy weather pattern in N. Vermont. Since early March I have been
actively searching for bluebirds in a location where they have nested for at
least the last six years, but have neither seen not heard ANY.
Just in case you missed this:
In a VTBIRD post dated 4/28, Mary Holland wrote: "A total of three dead
eastern bluebirds were found in two nest boxes in
Hartland today, 4/28. My best guess is that the deaths are related to the
storm we had a week and a half ago. Has anyone else made a similar
----- Original Message -----
From: "Taj" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 2:14 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds in Southeastern Vermont
> Contrary to what people have been reporting in Northern VT, I have been
> noticing large numbers of Bluebirds here in Southeastern Vermont. In fact,
> I have been noticing this larger than normal population since about
> February. Wherever there is somewhat suitable habitat I'm finding
> There have been a Bluebirds checking out boxes along river road in Putney,
> along bunker hill road in Putney, and along the median of I91 in
> Dummerston, just to name of few locations.
> Strange that there are so many here in Windham County and so few in
> Northern VT. Any ideas as to why this would be?
> Good birding.
> Taj Schottland
> Putney, VT