I installed a nestcam in a Gilwood used by bluebirds two previous years, before nestbuilding began. They had been checking it out beforehand, but I think the cam spooked them off. Gilwoods are not well suited to nestcams - too small and dark, and you have to thread the cable out the entrance hole (above the bar.)
Still haven't had my one TX Bluebird Society box used by anyone, in three different locations.
Finally had the two-hole pole mounted
SUMMARY OF LOSSES
No adult birds were lost that I know of, other than a dead HOWR found a clutch of eggs on the Hill trail - possibly as a result of a HOSP attack.
HOSP: Continued passive and active control efforts.
WEATHER: Very cold and rainy in June (only 27% of days were sunny.) Seemed to keep paperwasp numbers way down. Also had good luck with vaseline. More on paperwasps.
HOWR: Lost a full nest of Tufted Titmouse eggs, and a clutch of bluebird eggs.
OTHER: Found a dead male bluebird on an empty nest in July. Top of bird was unmarked, chest was 'excavated" - not sure how long it had been dead. Also one dead bluebird nestling, fully feathered, same month, and several Tree Swallow nestlings in one at box at the landfill.
QUESTIONS FOR 2009
PLANS FOR 2009
Put baffles on ALL boxes
Put silicone (DAP clear exterior) on all roofs that are cracking
Keep better records! (I say this every year.)
Keep expanding, updating and correcting my website at http://www.sialis.org with information gathered from others and lessons learned. Expand to more cavity-nesters nationwide.
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