We currently have two active nests, one with eggs and one with fledgling-sized bluebirds. The remaining four nest boxes are empty except for some scattered house wren twigs in two of the boxes.
The nest box at the Cow Pasture still contains 6 house wren eggs. An adult flew out of the box as I approached so it appears the eggs are being incubated and should hatch soon.
There’s still the beginnings of a house wren nest at the nest box on the service road in Explore the Wild. This nest has seen no progress in three weeks. I doubt it will be used this season.
The four bluebird nestlings in the nest box on the service road to Into the Mist are ready to fledge. I can confidently say they will not be in the nest when I inspect the nest box next week.
A few twigs were added to the nest box on the east side of the parking deck, house wren work. I doubt, though, that the box will be used by the wrens. That said, I’ve been wrong before.
This nest box has already produced 4 chickadees.
The five bluebirds that were cramped into the nest box on the west side of the parking deck have fledged. As you can see from the photo, bluebirds can make a mess of a nest box.
The nest box at the Butterfly House is empty. It, like the nest box at the parking deck, has so far fledged 4 chickadees.
So, we now have four empty and two occupied nest boxes. Five bluebirds have fledged from the nest box on the west side of the parking deck. Six house wrens eggs are being incubated in the nest box at the Cow Pasture, and there are, as of the morning of Tuesday (5/21), four eastern bluebirds ready to fledge in the nest box on the service road to Into the Mist.
Stay tuned, there’s still plenty of time for a second brood!