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Bluebird Trail Report 5/27/2019

It was very hot on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail today, but we still had 15 new fledglings this week for a total of 82 fledglings (75 BB, 4 CC, 3 TM), with 30 chicks and 34 eggs, all bluebird (see attached spreadsheet for details). Also attached are pictures of 4 chicks in box F18, 2 chicks in box F49, 2 chicks in box F36, and 5 eggs in box F48.

In addition to the bluebirds that I heard and saw all over the park, I also saw 3 red-shouldered hawks, wood ducks, and a great egret.

We've had a lot of controlled burns in the park this year, and yet, surprisingly, wildflowers grow back very quickly and it seems more abundantly. I've attached pictures of the camphor weed (Pluchea odorata), that has really exploded everywhere, the false hoarhound (Eupatorium rotundifolium) which is beginning to bloom, and the passionvine (passiflora incarnata), host plant of the gulf fritillary and zebra longwing butterflies,which is beginning to show up and is being eaten by their caterpillars.


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