and they make some people happy especially when they come back year after year to nest in their boxes.
Margot H. tells a funny story that when she was a young woman, visiting friends in the Eastern Townships, she found out that Blue Birds were in fact real birds and not just cartoon characters or part of a fairy tale. She learned that they were becoming rarer and rarer as their habitat was disappearing. In conservation terms their status was in serious decline. This pretty little bird was unhappy.
Later in life Margot and her husband began to build Blue Bird nesting boxes. For the past 20 years they put out the boxes annually in the Spring and took them in and to clean and store them in the Fall.
Each box is numbered and sits in a particular position. Margot has created her very own Blue Bird Way. She takes notes after each season when cleaning the boxes to keep track of who visited each box.
Thanks to people like her, the Eastern Blue Bird has seen a slow return to healthy numbers as its loss of natural nesting sites has been replaced by nesting boxes.
Would you like to build a Blue Bird nesting box?
Click here for the plans from La SLOE.