We have two active nests. Of the six nest boxes on our modest bluebird trail, two have nests within. One nest is of house wrens, the other of bluebirds.
The twigs were piled high when I looked into the nest box at the Cow Pasture on Tuesday (7/17). The house wren nest is complete but there are still no eggs in the nest. It was started on or around 7/3 (two weeks ago) so I would have expected more progress by now. But, when it’s this late in the season the birds apparently don’t feel the urgency they experience in spring.
The Explore the Wild, Into the Mist, and Parking Deck nest boxes are empty. I don’t think we’ll see any more activity in these nest boxes this season.
I was greeted by a female bluebird half in and half out of the nest box entrance hole as I walked towards the nest box near the Woodland Classrooms. When I opened the observation door there was a complete bluebird nest inside.
The nest box at the Butterfly House is and will probably remain, empty.
So, we have two nests in our six nest boxes, house wrens at the Cow Pasture and bluebirds at Woodlands. Whether or not the birds involved decide to lay eggs is entirely up to them.
See you next week.