Since last week, there has been another bluebird nest started and one additional egg laid in an existing nest.
A bluebird nest has been started in the nest box at the Cow Pasture. This nest box has already fledged four bluebirds. We’ll have to wait to see if the bluebirds finish the nest. Birds sometimes start a nest without completing them when the season is this far advanced.
The nest box next to the Bungee has not been worked on for three weeks. A bluebird started the nest but never completed it. I doubt we’ll see any more action in this nest box.
Another nest that hasn’t been touched in a while is the Sailboat Pond nest box. Other than a few wasps, this nest hasn’t seen action since April.
A bluebird flew from the nest as I approached the nest box in the Amphimeadow. There are four eggs in the box, which should hatch sometime this coming week.
The nest box at the Picnic Dome is still empty. In mid April, this nest box had five bluebird eggs. Those eggs were removed by a house wren who later laid six of its own eggs in the box. The wren’s eggs were since eaten by a rat snake (educated guess). It has been empty since mid May.
The Butterfly House nest now has a total of four eggs and the female was incubating when I approached the box. It looks like this nest is set to go at four eggs.
So, we now have one dormant bluebird nest at the Bungee nest box, two nests with a total of eight eggs at the Amphimeadow and Butterfly House (four in each), and there is one nest under construction (Cow Pasture). One nest seems destined to be the home of paper wasps. I’ve removed two wasp nests from the Sailboat Pond nest box. If, however, there’s a wasp nest inside the box next week, I’m going to leave it to the wasps.
See you then.