Below are the weekly reports for the following parks:
Balm-Boyette Preserve: 5 CC fledglings
Hunter's Green Park: 9 BB fledglings, one BB nest with 5 eggs, one BB complete nest.
Lake Park: 29 fledglings (26 BB, 3 CC), 28 eggs (25 BB, 3 CW), 8 BB chicks.
Lettuce Lake Park: 5 BB fledglings , one CC nest with 3 eggs & 1 chick.
Sargeant's Park: 5 BB fledglings , one BB nest with 5 eggs.
Flatwoods Park: 63 fledglings (42 BB, 18 CC, 3 TM), with 10 BB eggs, and 38 BB chicks. See attached spreadsheet for details.
It was another good day on the Flatwoods Trail. We have our first 2nd nesting in box F29 AND we still have 3 bats in our boxes. Box F46 with the white eggs now has 3 BB chicks, and as you can see from my attached picture, the chicks are identical to ones hatched from blue eggs.
The bluebirds were very busy tending their young today so we saw them all over the park.
We were delighted to see the first Wood Ducks on one of our lakes today and an uncommon Black-chinned Hummingbird on our Necklace Pod in our Native Garden.
We also saw the Summer Tanagers again, and are always fascinated when we see a Swallow-tailed Kite flying overhead! Other sightings were a Wood Stork, a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret, Common Gallinules, Carolina chickadees, White-eyed Vireos, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers, Titmice, Northern Parulas, a Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Towhees, a Great Crested Flycatcher, Ground Doves, Bobwhite Quail, and Carolina Wrens.
Our Necklace Pods (Sophora tomentosa) are blooming in the native garden, and that's the plant the pictured Black-chinned Hummingbird is feeding on. Saltmarsh Fleabane or Camphorweed (Pluchea odorata) is beginning to bloom all over the park. Last but not least, is our Florida State Wildflower, Common Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii) that is blooming all along our 7-mile loop. (Photos of highlighted wildlife and plants are attached in Flatwoods Park Photos)