Today was a great day on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail and we have a total of 100 fledglings (89 BB, 7 CC, 4 TM), with 16 chicks and 27 eggs, all bluebird. See attached spreadsheet for details. Also attached are pictures of bluebird chicks in boxes F29, F38, and F53. I am happy to report that the chicks in box F32 that were threatened by the yellow rat snake last week survived and have fledged.
In addition to the many bluebirds, I saw wood ducks, a great blue heron, ground and mourning doves, great egrets, a red-bellied woodpecker, American crows, black and turkey vultures, heard a bobwhite quail, and saw a beautiful roseate spoonbill fly over. I've attached a picture of two flying roseate spoonbills taken by Ranger Clint Perigard.
There were a lot of plants in bloom today and I've attached pictures of one of my favorites, tarflower (Beraria racemosa) , which is named for its sticky flowers. I've also attached pictures of a scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) and the prickly pear cactus flower (Opuntia humifusa).