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Rube Johnston Blue Bird Trail (RR 154 at TWP 534)

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Rube Johnston Bluebird Trail

(RR 154 at TWP 534)

- Results for 2016

Maintained for the Vegreville Wildlife Federation (VWF) by Rob H

Number of birds fledged: Mountain Bluebird (MB) 44, Tree Swallow (TS) 307.

Pest bird species: House Wren (HW) in 8 boxes, House Sparrow (HS) in one box.

Mountain Bluebird first arrived on March 27.  Eight MB pairs laid 52 eggs with 3 pairs double-clutching, but with one second clutch failure. There were 8 non-viable eggs, resulting in 44 fledged juveniles.  Bluebirds prefer pasture land.

Tree Swallows normally arrive in late April and claim the nest boxes not used by bluebirds, usually around field crop land, such as wheat and canola.  This year there were 54 TS pairs, laying 318 eggs, with 307 fledged juveniles.

House Wrens arrive even later than Tree Swallows and usually don't interfere with bluebirds or swallows, only inserting sticks over top of finished swallow nests.  Although this year I found 4 unhatched HW eggs in a full nest, in sticks over a successful TS nest.

2015 Results -Number of nests and fledged young of Mountain Bluebirds and Tree Swallows estimated from nest evidence, evaluated August 23 – 25, 2015 found a total of 64 nest boxes.

Mountain Bluebird (MB): 4 nests, 25 fledged, one nest had two clutches.  Average: 6.5 per box.

Tree Swallow (TS): nests 53, 298 fledged.  Average: 5.6 per box.

House Sparrow (HS): nested in one box.

House Wren (HW): disturbed 6 nest boxes.  In most cases the wrens moved in late, after TS were finished nesting, but did displace TS and nest in one box.

Many other birds, geese, rodents and a herd of Mule deer also dwell, thrive and stroll through this property.  There is a blind here (bird watching station/hut).  Please keep clean and leave it as you found it.