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The worldwide Covid-19 lockdown has not deterred bluebirds from their Bermuda nesting season.

Christian Chin-Gurret, a Bermudian student and founder of the Happy Bird Company bluebird box makers, said the eastern bluebird season had already started.

He added: “Between March to August they usually pair up for breeding.

“My own bluebird box in my yard has a nest that has been completed over the last four days and I am expecting eggs to be laid any day now.”

Eastern bluebirds are native to Bermuda, but the local population has struggled over the past century because of a loss of habitat and the introduction of other species of birds including sparrows, starlings and kiskadees.

The bluebirds now rely heavily on bluebird boxes designed to create safe spots to nest.

Mr Chin-Gurret said the Happy Bird Company, which makes easy-to-assemble bluebird box kits, sold out two weeks ago, but he is taking new orders.

He added: “As I am now finishing my master's degree at Warwick University online, I thought I could also focus on my flat-pack bird box.

“Before the quarantine, I did a few deliveries, but now I am taking orders.

“The unique flat-pack box is easily assembled without glue or nails in five minutes and can be a great painting project or just left natural as it is made of marine plywood.”

Mr Chin-Gurret said assembly of a bluebird box was a good family activity and helped to support the bluebird population.

For more information or to buy a box, visit @thehappybirdco on Facebook.

Struggling population: the eastern bluebird is native to Bermuda (Photograph suplied)
Struggling population: the eastern bluebird is native to Bermuda (Photograph suplied)
Eastern bluebird eggs (Photograph supplied)
Birdbox in the hand: Christian Chin-Gurret with his easy-to-build bluebird box (Photograph supplied)
Easy-to-build bird boxes (Photograph supplied)
Easy-to-build bird boxes (Photograph supplied)

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Published April 21, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 21, 2020 at 1:10 pm)

Eastern bluebirds not put off from nesting

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