1-7 March 2000

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  • A final pre-season check of bluebird nestboxes at Hilton Pond Center revealed that five of 18 boxes were occupied by Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans). At least two contained females with hairless young; we didn't probe deeply in the other two nests except to see that there were adults in them. (Photo © Hilton Pond Center)

  • Hard-core bluebird lovers often remove flying squirrel nests from their nestboxes; some even evict other songbirds such as wrens, titmice, chickadees, swallows, and nuthatches. Let's all keep in mind that if flying squirrels and non-bluebird avian species are also occupying nestboxes, it must mean that cavities are scarce in a particular habitat. Besides, all cavity-nesting birds except House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) and European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) are protected by state and federal laws.
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