Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Former NH resident offers annual bluebird report
My objective in writing "Nature Talks" has always been to encourage readers to really look at their outside world, appreciate its beauty, and enjoy nature's creations.
Each Christmas, for more years than I can recall, a longtime reader friend, Karen Metz, former resident of Windham, who now lives in Franktown, Colo., a woodland 6,600 feet above sea level, has written a special message describing her annual experiences with bluebird nesting and feeding. This Christmas Karen wrote, in part: "It's been another year and I've enjoyed the opportunities to read your column online. Several developments have taken place with regard to bluebirds this past year. I wrote an article for 'Bluebird,' the Journal of the North American Bluebird Society, about the Western Bluebirds here. To summarize that article: Very few bluebirds returned to our Franktown property in March, meaning that their wintering grounds had not been safe for them in terms of weather or food or predators. The male that we had called 'Junior' for the previous two years - that was lame but successfully raised a family - did not return. The few that did return nested early and one pair even attempted a third nest, although that nesting failed. The other 'pair' consisted of two males and one female. It's typical for one or even two additional males to assume a role of 'uncle' after a pair has raised its first brood, however two males were with one female from the start and they raised two broods together. I never saw the two males display competition or engage in physical disputes. All three seemed content with the arrangement.
A Webster reader's card contained the following note: "In a recent column you mentioned hoary redpolls. On Dec. 6 we had five of them." Next week, more on this bird.
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