I was one fo those wailing about missing Bluebirds, but "mine" did come
back finally, and fledged two broods from one of my nestboxes this
summer. (They've been perching on my tomato stakes to hawk for insects
in the veg garden, which I appreciate. I appreciate less the fact that
my tomato plants have been well decorated with Bluebird guano as a result!)
> Around 8 a.m. this misty August morning, I came across a flock of at
> least ten bluebirds perching on the haywagons in my neighbor's
> hayfield. They were having a hayday [sorry] hawking the rioting
> insects frequenting this damp, windless meadow.
> A propos this year's absence of nesting bluebirds in northern Vermont
> -- a topic of discussion here last spring -- I will also note here
> that about six weeks ago, I observed female bluebird in the area of a
> nest box in N. Williston. I saw her only a few times, while on walks
> near the end of the nesting season, so have no idea whether she
> raised a brood.
> Carol Wagner N. Williston