Last week we had three active nests and three empty nest boxes. Now, there are four active nests. Only the nests at the Cow Pasture and Picnic Dome are unoccupied.
The nest at the Bungee Jump still has the same four eggs as it did last week at this time, but it appears as though the female is incubating. I saw the female poke her head out of the box on Saturday (5/25) and just as quickly go back inside.
The three chickadee nestlings in the nest behind the Sail Boat Pond seem to be progressing well. One egg never hatched and is still in the nest.
As I knocked on the nest box in the Amphimeadow (I always knock before entering) the female flushed from the box, she was incubating. This nest will be full of nestlings by next week.
As I mentioned, the nest at the Picnic Dome is unoccupied, no activity.
Empty last week, the nest box at the Butterfly House now has a new bluebird nest in place and one egg. I expect that there will be more eggs by next week.
So, we now have two nest boxes with no activity and four containing nests. There are a total of 10 bluebird eggs in those boxes, 4 in one, 5 in another, and to round it off, one in the box at the Butterfly House. There are currently three nestlings, all chickadees, in the box at the Sail Boat Pond.
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!