Skidaway Audubon has supported the Dave Scott Bluebird Trail on our golf courses since 1997. It's now one of the largest monitored trails in the southeast with 185 bluebird boxes alongside each golf course at The Landings. Volunteer monitors tend to the boxes, track bluebird activity, and count fledged birds.
"Bluebird houses" are suitable for various cavity-nesting birds, including Carolina Chickadees and Brown-headed Nuthatches. These songbirds nest in the bird houses during spring and summer. The chickadees and nuthatches nest once a year, while Eastern Bluebirds nest two to three times annually.
To support the chickadees and nuthatches, the metal portal (entry hole plate) can be changed to a smaller size, using a nuthatch portal for both species. After nesting, the box should be cleaned out and the portal changed to facilitate bluebird nesting. Tufted Titmice may occasionally nest in the bird houses as well.
Bluebirds use pine straw and decorations like grass and feathers to build their nests. Chickadees start with green moss, followed by leaves or bark, and finish with a soft fluff. Nuthatches use pine cone seedlings, bark, or wood pieces, resulting in a messy nest.
Bird houses on the Dave Scott Bluebird Trail are placed on posts with baffles to keep them off trees and protect them from predators like snakes, raccoons, and squirrels that could harm the eggs or babies.
Enjoy bird monitoring and observe the bluebirds, chickadees, nuthatches, and possibly Titmice!
Want to know how the David Scott Bluebird Trail got started? Learn Here.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, over 2.9 billion birds have disappeared since 1970.
Working together you can help us take action to save our songbirds by supporting our conservation efforts to save their habitat environment.