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Society website! This website is all about Eastern Bluebirds, a smallbird that resides in eastern North America.
AGM - Saturday March 17, 2018 - Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington
Come celebrate our 30th anniversary of the founding of the Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society in 1988. Our key note speaker is Winifred Wake who will tell all about Chimney Swifts. Also Alissa Fraser will talk about her incubation release program with Snapping Turtles. She will also talk about the Spiny Softshell Turtle in the Thames River. The bluebird man video recorded in South Western Idaho will also be shown along with nest box reports from our members. Admission is $10 and includes coffee and donuts. There will be cake.
The objectives of the Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society are (1) to increase the number of managed nest-box trails in Ontario, (2) give expertise and guidance to new trail operators and (3) monitor population trends from year to year by surveying the number of fledged young from nest boxes.
Newhaven Mealworms -
George and Alicia Oakley -
Crumbly Bird Pudding Story and Recipe
Submitted by Audrey Heagy and David Okines, St. Williams near Long Point
This recipe was enough to fill 2 ice cream tubs – which has lasted about a month now. Can do half or quarter of a recipe if you want to give it a try.
I use a fork to loosen it up before putting it out. I only put out about ½ cup at a time. I bought a bucket of dried mealworms mix a handful of them in with the bird pudding mix. Sometimes the birds eat all of the pudding mix and leave the mealworms to last.
Initially I was putting mix in small glass cup on the railing by the bird bath. The Blue Jays and starlings soon found the food and would eat everything at once. A friend lent me a bluebird feeder she had got from Wild Bird Unlimited. Like a hopper style feeder with clear plexiglass sides, wood base, roof and ends. Hole in each end like a bluebird box. Roof swings open to put the food inside. It works well.
Dave looked at some of the designs of the wire bluebird cage style feeders on the internet. He then built a wood box with wire weld mesh on each end. He cut 1.5” diameter hole entrance holes in the weld mesh, about 1” off the bottom. Bluebirds use it but the juncos also figured out how to get in and out. Juncos had initially just been gleaning crumbs of the deck. The juncos are still trying to figure out how to get into the other feeder with the holes higher up the sides. I’m planning to use that one for the live mealworms. Fortunately we don’t have house sparrows around regularly as they will use either feeder design.
It has been a fun winter watching the bluebird eat and bathe. Looking forward to seeing them gobbling fresh mealworms.