The news from the Bluebird Trail here at the Museum of Life and Science is all good. We have three active nests, two bluebird nests and one house wren nest. The bluebirds have nine nestlings which should fledge soon and the wren’s have finally laid eggs.
The house wren nest in the nest box at the Cow Pasture near the Ellerbe Creek Railway Train Tunnel now has 6 shiny eggs. A bird flew out of the nest as I opened it, so the eggs may be in the process of incubation.
Still no progress on the house wren nest at the nest box on the service road in Explore the Wild.
There are still 4 bluebird nestlings in the bluebird nest on the service road leading to Into the Mist.
The nest box on the east side of the parking deck is empty after having fledged 4 chickadees last week.
The bluebird nest inside the nest box on the west side of the parking deck has 5 nestlings stuffed inside its wooden walls. They should be gone by next week’s inspection.
The Butterfly House nest box is empty. It, as with the parking deck nest, has so far fledged 4 chickadees.
If all goes well, there’ll be five new bluebirds in the wild by next week’s inspection (parking deck-west nest) and four more close behind (Into the Mist nest). The house wren eggs in the nest at Cow Pasture should hatch by then. There are two empty nests (parking deck and Butterfly House).
See you next week.