Time for Bluebird Housing

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E & I headed out with Stanley to make a few bbird fixes we’d noticed on a drive up the road the night before. We headed down an old road that the county no longer serves, and found an ancient world of forgotten bbird houses.

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I could fix this one with tools I had laying about in the truck, the one behind (and another we picked up further down the road) needs shop help.

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Bluebird’s view from their fixed house (occupied within a day).

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Fitting a new roof for this old BBird house is my kind of fun.

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Maybe a little too much fun.

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Definitely a bit of crazy fun. Or just crazy.

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Our Bluebird Trekking Tour set last summer for our anniversary- heading up to the high hayfield.

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Every house is as this: nested pair flitted out and watching us or the male out and the lady on the eggs.

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Happy Bbird House.

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Carpets of Larkspur.

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Galaxies of Shooting Stars.

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Alpine Meadows with wildflowers and cattle.

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Male Bluebird leads us away from his nest.

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Stanley and Elizabeth share silvered-fairie glances; everyone enchanted by the blue bird trek.

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Next morning. My birthday. We are heading up to fix the one house knocked down by itchy cows.

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House #1. Cow scratching post.

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House #1, back in service. (Occupied within a day.)

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This is the Bluebird view out the front door.

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I add some chunky stones to stumble up any cows that feel itchy.

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Next fix, miles away along the county road; still on the ranch.

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That little brown board keeps the roof/lid from lifting in wind and rain from coming in. 

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We head back down the old unserviced county road and put the refurbished houses back up. Their roofs are painted white with scraping the buckets of the garage paint.

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Kibbey Grade Road leads to lost treasures of BBird houses and views.

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Look out for the barb wire, bird nerd.

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E starts spotting old houses swept by wind and snow far afield.

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This one only needs a new wall and roof. 

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I found all the scavenger hunt items my silvered-fairie wife and the bluebirds set out for my 48 Annum Challenge. 

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New backing board.

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Angled staples provide grippy steps for baby birds to climb from the nest to the hole.

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Scoured with sandpaper. Cracks and splits jointed with staples. Ready for new top and side. 

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The 48 Annum Challenge required the return of 3 BBird houses. One of the scavenged houses was only good for recovering hardware for future triage of houses with more potential. This meant pulling a prototype bbird house that I had converted for Wrens, and reconverting for Bluebirds.

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BBird House graveyard bones.

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The green curve of pasture in line with my hat marks the end of the BBird Trekking Tour. We are getting thick with bluebirds up in here.

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I found this one in a muddy hole partly covered by road grade push-over. It is now safely on my fence-line, just a bit further along the county road.

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We head along the top of Kibbey Ridge Road to set up the field-found scavenger hunt house, finding a nice spot where it has a chance for another 50 years.

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View for the Bluebirds on Kibbey Road of Square Butte (with smoke signal cloud above it) and the Highwood Mountains.

 

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