It was a beautiful day last Monday. A bit chilly, but the clear sky and sunshine made it very pleasant to sit outside. While watching a pair of woodpeckers — Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, to be exact — flit from tulip poplars to pecan trees, I noticed an empty birdhouse and was reminded that it is time to get Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes up.
Bluebird numbers in the eastern United States have decreased 90 percent in the last 60 years. There are several reasons for this decline: