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We reported last Spring that our bluebird houses were a modest success in attracting these beautiful birds to the park but, with guidance from Sandy Morrissey of the Bronx River Audubon Society (BRAS), even better nesting boxes were built and installed last month. A special thanks to Friends' members Charlie Northshield and Tom Fendler for their talent and time.
There are four houses in total: two near the pond's gazebo and two on the beach side of the pond near the bench and planting. They were strategically placed, based on the birds' nesting habits.
Volunteers from the BRAS will monitor the houses through early fall as part of a study to record whether bluebird nesting is successful as well as the timing and number of broods that occur.
Tree swallows and mockingbirds, species attracted to the same habitats as Eastern bluebirds, have already been spotted in the park - hopefully, with promise of bluebirds to come!
We invite you to visit the nesting area but ask that you observe from a distance so as not to frighten the would-be feathered families.
Updates on the project will be posted as info comes in from the audubon volunteers. Be sure to check our website from time to time.