Top Photo: Eastern bluebird eggs.
We currently have 17 eggs, 10 bluebird and 7 chickadee. At least 5 bluebird nestlings have hatched. There is one inactive nest.
It’s difficult to determine from the photo below, but it appears as though at least 5 of the 6 bluebird eggs in the nest at Cow Pasture have hatched. One note, I heard a house wren singing in the background as I viewed the nest. House wrens are known to commandeer the nest of other birds destroying the contents, eggs, nest material and all. However, I’ve not witnessed a house wren take over a nest once the eggs have hatched.
The nest at Explore the Wild seems to have been abandoned, there’s been no work done to it in several weeks.
The nest at Into the Mist still has 5 bluebird eggs. The female was incubating as we inspected the nest.
The chickadees at the parking deck east nest box have finished the nest they started and have, so far, laid 2 eggs.
On the opposite side of the parking deck, a female bluebird was incubating 5 eggs.
An adult Carolina chickadee flew out of the nest box as we opened the access door at the Butterfly House nest box. She had apparently been incubating when we disturbed her.
Finally, we have 10 bluebird eggs in three different nests, all being incubated. There are 7 chickadee eggs, 5 in one nest and 2 in another. We have at least 5 nestlings in one nest.
As always, I can’t wait till next week’s inspection.