A bluebird funeral, and hope for more

July 12, 2013

Trish O'Kane and Paul Noeldner cleaned out a failed bluebird nest, and refreshed it with hopes of attracting another family. (Paul Noeldner)

Trish O’Kane and Paul Noeldner cleaned out a failed bluebird nest, and refreshed it with hopes of attracting another family. (Paul Noeldner)

By Paul Noeldner

Four nestlings that had sadly succumbed to black flies were buried next door under a newly planted Prairie Purple Cone Flower. The roof has a recently installed fishline House Sparrow perching deterrant. A crack in the door was repaired to limit access points for bugs. The inside has just been sprayed with a natural Cedarcide concentrate to discourage bugs. To help keep out future black fly invasions, drops of Vanilla Extract were applied on the door and vent openings. According to Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin expert Pat Ready who helped with advice on the above improvements, Bluebirds will do second or third nesting attempts through the latter part of July. A Papa Bluebird came and perched on a box right afterward to enjoy the new home smell!

Paul Noeldner of Wild Warner and the Madison Audubon Society supervises and maintains 15 bluebird trails in Madison.

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