OUT Column May 13, 2009

Birdhouse boom in Unaweep Divide makes it a migration destination again

A pair of male and female Western bluebirds take stock of the nesting possibilities in a nesting box along Colorado Highway 141. The male first finds the nest cavity and then lures the female. Eggs hatch in about two weeks and the young bluebirds leave the nest two weeks after that. It’s estimated some 200 bluebirds are raised each year along Colorado Highway 141 across Unaweep Divide.



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A pair of male and female Western bluebirds take stock of the nesting possibilities in a nesting box along Colorado Highway 141. The male first finds the nest cavity and then lures the female. Eggs hatch in about two weeks and the young bluebirds leave the nest two weeks after that. It’s estimated some 200 bluebirds are raised each year along Colorado Highway 141 across Unaweep Divide.

A bluebird told me it’s spring. Relax, there’s no occultism or New Age mentality here, simply the wondrous sight of countless pairs of bluebirds cavorting around the many nesting…




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