Sandra Bird is a retired veterinarian, farmer, and dedicated Bring Back the Bluebirds volunteer living near Somenos Lake in Duncan. She has been a bluebird nestbox host since 2013 and monitors both her own nestboxes and those of her neighbours. We were very fortunate to have Sandra’s support when multiple bluebird families decided to settle in her neighbourhood this spring! Here, Sandra shares her experience working and living amongst bluebirds:
Everyone in our family and our neighbours were very excited every time we saw bluebirds. The men would come in from haying talking about how many bluebirds they had seen in the field. One neighbour up the road called to say they had seen a bluebird at their birdbath. I got to feed them for several days when GOERT’s field technicians were away.
They are such beautiful birds and so interesting. They were quite accepting of people being close to them. The way the older offspring from a previous hatching helped to feed the newest babies was fascinating. They even accepted stray bluebirds into their family group. As you may have guessed, I spent a lot of time just sitting in the field watching the birds and my farm animals too.