Jim Higgins, caretaker, recently gave the following report on the winged residents at the Drewiske Family and Kelly Creek Preserves:
“My thoughts are there was some predation on some of the nests by other birds as I lost some eggs early and there was one instance of nest abandonment.
With that being said, I did see quite a few Bluebirds at the Drewiske Preserve and now have a baseline. I may move a couple of the nest boxes for next year to better locations.
Kelly Creek Preserve
Bluebirds – 37 fledged out of 49 eggs laid
Tee Swallows – 45 fledged out of 47 eggs laid
Wrens – 26 fledged out of 27 eggs laid
Drewiske Family Preserve
Bluebirds – 20 fledged out of 25 eggs laid
Tree Swallows- 18 fledged out of 22 eggs laid
Wrens – 25 fledged out of 29 eggs laid.”
Many thanks to Jim Higgins, member of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club, for his time spent and dedication to taking such great care of the bluebird houses (and their residents) at both the Drewiske Family and Kelly Creek Preserves. Without him, the birds (and the KRLT) would be singing the blues!