Top Photo: Eastern bluebird eggs (nest from previous season).
Three of our six nest boxes are occupied, two by bluebirds one by chickadees. One of the bluebird nests has egg activity.
When I peered into the nest box at the Cow Pasture I saw much the same as I saw last week, a finished bluebird’s nest. Other than a few pine needles shuffled about, it looked as though it hadn’t been touched in a week.
It wasn’t until I downloaded the image of the nest from my camera to computer that I noticed a single egg resting at the bottom of the nest. This nest box is mounted particularly high and you have to get on your tippy-toes to see down into the cup of the nest.
Later that afternoon I went back up to the Cow Pasture to have another look and to perhaps get a better image of the egg. There were now two eggs in the nest!
The Explore the Wild and Into the Mist nest boxes are void of activity.
The nest box on the east side of the Parking Deck has a complete bluebird nest inside. I could see clearly inside this nest box, mounted much lower than the Cow Pasture box. It did not have eggs inside.
The nest box on the west side of the parking deck was empty.
The chickadee nest inside the last nest box on the trail, the Butterfly House nest box, had been worked on. A few more pieces of alpaca fur had been added to it and the soft fur and fibers within had been rearranged some. However, a search inside the nest revealed no eggs.
So, three out of six nest boxes are occupied with one chickadee and two bluebird pairs taking up residence. One bluebird nest has two eggs. And, while the other two nests are complete and in my opinion ready for eggs, the birds are yet to feel the same way.
See you next week.