Today was nice and cool on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail and we have 5 new second nestings, which brings us up to 19 second nestings so far this season. We have a total of 114 fledglings (103 BB, 7 CC, 4 TM), with 12 chicks and 35 eggs, all bluebird. See attached spreadsheet for details. Also attached are photos of chicks in boxes F30, F36, and F39. Last week when I found dead chicks in box F17 for the second time of the season, I decided the box needed to be moved. My husband John, and Ranger Clint, moved the box to another location and guess what? We already have a new nest with one egg. So I hope that solves whatever problem there was with that box. Thanks John and Clint!
There were lots of birds out and about today including a swallow-tailed kite, red-shouldered hawk, turkey vultures, wood ducks, a pair of summer tanagers, cardinal, and a downy woodpecker (picture attached). I also saw feral pigs and a rabbit.
With the recent rains, the wildflowers are really blooming and the sides of the trail are covered with our state wildflower, tickseed (Coreopsis spp.). I've also attached pictures of wood sage (Teucrium canadense), and St. John's Wort (Hypericum spp.).