We currently have 8 nestlings in two of our six nest boxes. Four of those are house wrens, the remainder bluebirds. Four bluebirds have fledged and a new nest started atop that nest.
There are, as best as I can tell, four house wrens nestlings in the nest box at the Cow Pasture near the Ellerbe Creek Railway Tunnel. There had been five eggs in the nest but as you can see from the photo, it appears only four hatched. They look to be healthy and growing.
The Explore the Wild, Into the Mist, and Parking Deck nest boxes are all empty.
The nest box on the west side of the parking deck has fledged its four bluebirds and a house wren has placed twigs on top of the old bluebird nest. Whether the wrens continue their work remains to be seen.
The final nest box on the inspection is located at the Butterfly House. It contains four very hungry bluebird nestlings. When I first opened the nest box it appeared there were only three nestlings. A forth perked up when I made pishing sounds at the birds.
We’ve had four bluebirds fledge (parking deck – west) over the past few weeks and currently have four bluebird nestlings (Butterfly House), and four house wren nestlings (Cow Pasture). There’s the possibility of a new house wren nest (parking deck – west)
Stay tuned, there’s more to come.
(There was no update for 7.16.19 as I was out of the office that week)