We’ve been so busy here at the Museum, visitation wise, I’ve not been able to get out this posting until now. I was able to inspect all of the nest boxes as usual on Tuesday morning and here’s the results.
Here we go.
As of Tuesday (3/29) all nest boxes were active in one way or another. But, there have only been four eggs deposited in the nest, three chickadee eggs and one bluebird egg, the Bungee nest and the Woodland nest, respectively.
The Cow Pasture nest (Train Tunnel) looks to be complete, although it still awaits eggs. It’s a bluebird nest built on top of a chickadee nest.
Moving over to the Bungee Jump nest, the chickadees that started this nest have completed it and have laid three tiny eggs. I suspect there’ll be one or two more eggs by next week.
Across the path at the Sailboat Pond nest, which was a complete nest last week, I found one broken chickadee egg. As I looked into the nest I could hear the buzz of a bumble deep within the moss that makes up the bulk of the nest. A bumble bee had taken over the nest. This kind of take-over occurred last year as well. At that time, I evicted the bee to give the birds another chance but the nest never recovered.
I also noticed that there were ants under the nest. I cleared out the bee, wiped away the ants, but I may have to relocate this box as it seems it’s very attractive to bees, wasps, and other hymenoptera. I’ll give it one more week and make a decision then as to whether or not to relocate.
The Amphimeadow nest box has traditionally been used by bluebirds. It was started by a chickadee, and so far still appears to be all chickadee. No eggs yet.
Next on the tour is the Woodland nest box. It was started by a pair of bluebirds and remains so. The female has so far laid one egg in the nest.
And finally, the Butterfly House nest box. Here I found a completed bluebird nest, sans eggs. We will probably see several bright blue eggs by this time next week.
So, there you have it. All of our nests have been occupied to some degree. One, the Sailboat Pond nest is the only nest that has had a setback, having an egg broken and an insect take-over. One nest now holds three chickadee eggs (Bungee) and another, one bluebird egg (Woodlands).
I can’t wait to see what happens next!