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Bluebird Trail Report 4/25/22

Below are the 4-25-22 Weekly Reports of the following Bluebird Trails:

  • Balm-Boyette Preserve: one CC nest with 5 chicks.

  • Hunter's Green Park: 9 BB fledglings

  • Lake Park: 28 eggs(22 BB, 6 CC), 12 BB chicks, 15 fledglings (15 BB, 3 CC).

  • Lettuce Lake: one CC nest with 4 eggs, and 5 BB fledglings.

  • Sargeant's Park: 5 BB fledglings and a second BB nesting beginning in that box.

  • Flatwoods Park: 42 BB eggs, 48 chicks (45 BB, 3 CC), and 22 fledglings (4 BB, 15 CC, 3 TM). See attached spreadsheet for details.


It was a cool, breezy day on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail and we have a good report. We now have 4 white BB eggs in box F37. The bats have finally left from box F49, but we still have bats in boxes F3, F50, & F52. Apparently it is nesting season for bats also, and they have used our BB boxes for a maternity colony before, so that may be what they want to use our boxes for again. We'll wait and see. Sadly the 2 chicks in box F6 were dead, so we cleaned out the box. Usually when we find all chicks in a box dead, it means something happened to the parents (e.g., death, disturbance, etc.) and they abandoned the box.


We have been told that the Summer Tanagers were back from their winter migration, and we finally spotted the yellow female and red male today. They are so beautiful! We also saw a Pine Warbler, female Anhinga, and a Swallow-tailed Kite, that we don't see frequently. Other birds we spotted were White-eyed Vireos, an Osprey, Great Crested Flycatchers, a Snowy Egret, a Great Blue Heron, Northern Parulas, Ground and Mourning Doves, Tufted Titmice, a Red-shouldered Hawk. Sherry spotted a beautiful moth that my daughter, Jana Miller, was able to identify as a Blinded Spinx Moth.



A lot of plants are small, but are quite spectacular, and we particularly like the Bog Batcherlor's Buttons (Polygala lutea), Hat Pins (Eriocaulon compressum), and the Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella), that by some is not considered a true Florida native plant.


Mary

Hat Pins (Eriocaulon compressum)


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