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Bluebird Trail Report 6-28-2021

  • Balm Boyette has 21 TM fledglings and no active nests.

  • Lake Park has 8 active nests with 33 BB eggs, 2 BB chicks, and 68 fledglings (50 BB, 12 CC, 6 CW).

  • Sargeant's Park has 10 BB fledglings and no active nests.

  • Flatwoods Park has 18 active nests with 29 BB eggs, 18 BB chicks, and 140 fledglings (105 BB, 23 CC, 12 TM). See attached spreadsheet for details.

It was a hot one today on the Flatwoods Bluebird Trail, but we had a treat right away when we spotted 5 brown-headed nuthatches flying around. Brown-headed Nuthatch numbers are on the decline so we are always glad to see them. We've had them nest in our boxes a couple of times, but never with success. So we were very happy to see that they're active in the park, even though they're not currently nesting in our boxes.

After that great beginning, we saw lots of other birds including ruby-throated hummingbirds in our native garden, mourning doves, black-bellied whistling-ducks, ibis, tri-colored herons, great egrets, a swallow-tailed kite, a wild turkey, black vultures, a red-bellied woodpecker, and heard northern bobwhite quail and eastern towhees. In the native garden, Sherry also spotted a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth feeding on the native porterweed, and a Metalmark Butterfly feeding on the Rosinweed. We also saw a gator swimming, and a Florida box turtle crossing the trail.

Along the trail we spotted a passion-vine (Passiflora incarnata), which is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary and the Zebra Longwing butterflies, a Glade's Morning Glory (Ipomoea sagittata), and a Michaux's Milkweed (Asclepias Michauxii), which is the host plant of Monarch and Queen butterflies.

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