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Bluebird Trail Report 4/13/2020

Today was windy and warm on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail, and hopefully this wind will bring in some much needed rain. We have a total of 82 eggs (65 BB, 9 CC, 8 TM), our first bluebird chicks, 11 total, and our first fledglings today, 5 Carolina chickadees from box F31. See spreadsheet for details. Attached also are the 2 bluebird chicks in box F7 (notice that 2 chicks just hatched with 3 eggs remaining that may hatch), 5 bluebird chicks in box F30, and the 4 bluebird chicks in box F36.

Two things of note in today's report are the missing Carolina chickadees in box F17. There was no obvious cause, like snake or raccoon predation, and the chicks were not old enough to fledge. It's possible that they died in the nest and were removed by their parents, or other unknown reasons. The other thing is that last week, Box F37 had had their bluebird nest taken over by a Carolina chickadee, and this week, the bluebirds took it back. That box has a bluebird nest on the bottom, a chickadee nest on that, and another bluebird nest on the top. There's hardly any room for eggs or chicks.

In addition to the bluebirds, Carolina chickadees and Tufted titmice, I saw wood ducks, palm warblers, a red-shouldered hawk, and a wild turkey (picture attached taken from my car).

Attached are pictures of Blackroot (Pterocaulon Pycnostachyum), and Indian Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella), which was blooming in the native garden.


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