A few early birds arrived at Hopelands Gardens at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday to put up some new homes for their feathered friends.

Members of the S.C. Bluebird Society installed their first bluebird trail at a city facility on Thursday morning. The nonprofit has installed 42 trails throughout the county and approximately 450 nest boxes have lined those trails.

Boxes that were installed about a decade ago were removed and replaced with new ones.

The Friends of Hopelands Gardens and the Rye Patch funded the eight nesting boxes which will be monitored by the state chapter of the North American Bluebird Society.

Friends' Executive Board President John Korhonen said that they were very happy to help the nonprofit with this project.

This trail will be monitored by society members Marty Foss and her husband Bill. Marty said she loves being part of the group because of its efforts in conservation of cavity nesting birds and interest in local wildlife.

“The society members are really some of the best people you can meet,” Marty said.

Society President Jim Burke was excited that they were expanding the bluebird trails to a City facility.

“It's an addition to what we're trying to do (bluebird conservation) not just in the city but in the county,” Burke said.

The South Carolina Bluebird Society was established in 2010 and works to promote and educate residents of the conservation of cavity nesting birds as well as collect data from the trails they install.

Members ask that residents not disturb the nesting boxes on the trails or place any items inside of them.

For more information, visit www.southcarolinabluebirds.org.