I can now say that there is at least some nest material in each of our six nest boxes here at the Museum. And, one nest has a few eggs. Here’s the low down.
The Cow Pasture nest box, which for the past two weeks has had nothing at all inside its cedar walls, now has one single pine needle. A male bluebird has been in the box and signaled his interest in perhaps starting a nest. Will more pine needles follow?
The nest next to the Bungee (Take Off) had a mere sprinkling of moss last week. It now has a completed chickadee nest and, I’d say, ready for eggs.
There are now two eggs in the nest at the Sailboat Pond. The chickadees that constructed this nest will probably lay a few more by next week.
A bluebird flew from the nest box as I approached the Amphimeadow nest. This nest was started by a bluebird. A chickadee added to the nest. And now, it looks as though a bluebird is finishing off the afair.
Now to the Picnic Dome nest box. Last week this nest box had within it three pine needles and/or blades of grass. It now appears to be full, and with a nice cup formed in the center, ready for eggs.
And finally, the Butterfly House nest box. Last week, mostly moss, this nest is now topped of with fur and other soft material placed there by a chickadee.
It seems that Carolina chickadees rule the roost this year, so far. Four of our nest boxes have had material placed in them by chickadees. One of those nests has two eggs, the Sailboat Pond nest. The Butterfly House nest has a completed chickadee nest and the Bungee and Amphimeadow nest box have had nest material added by both chickadees and bluebirds. We’ll have to wait and see who wins over on those two nests.
One nest has the mere beginnings of a bluebird nest (Cow Pasture nest) and the Picnic Dome nest is all about bluebirds.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait till next week to see what happens!