Below are the Weekly Bluebird Trail Reports for the following Parks:
Balm-Boyette Preserve: 5 CC fledglings, 3 TM chicks
Hunter's Green Park: 9 BB fledglings, 15 BB chicks
Lake Park: 49 fledglings (43 BB, 3 CC, 3 CW), 15 BB chicks, 16 BB eggs
Lettuce Lake Park: 7 fledglings (5 BB, 2 CC), 5 BB eggs
Sargeant's Park: 5 BB fledglings
Flatwoods Park: 103 fledglings (82 BB, 18 CC, 3 TM), with 18 BB chicks, 46 BB eggs and a total of 20 second nestings. See attached spreadsheet for details.
The recent rains seemed to make the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail come alive with bird song today. Bluebird (BB) fledglings usually stay with their parents for quite a while, learning to hunt for food. We were excited to see 3 different BB families -- parents and fledglings --hunting for insects together. In addition, many times the fledglings from the first brood, stay with the parents to help raise the second brood of chicks.
We still have 3 boxes with bats in them. Maybe we will try to put up a couple of bat boxes next year and see if we can reclaim our BB boxes.
In addition to all the Eastern Bluebirds, we saw Chimney Swifts, Eastern Towhees, Great & Little Blue Herons, White-eyed Vireos, an Anhinga, Wood Ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mourning and Ground Doves, Bobwhite Quail, Red-shouldered Hawks, White Ibis, Common Gallinules, Downy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Black Vulture, a Northern Cardinal, a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Common Yellowthroat, a Male Summer Tanager, a Swallow-tailed Kite, a Laughing Gull, an American Crow, and Northern Parulas.
We also saw a deer and raccoon. Blooming along the trail were Fragrant Eryngium (Eryngium aromaticum) and Wood Sage (Teucium canadense).