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Bluebird Trail Report 7/1/19

Today I got an early start on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail before it got too hot and was rewarded with a cool morning and our third nesting of the season in box F36. We have a total of 132 fledglings (125 BB, 4 CC, 3 TM), plus 30 chicks and 25 eggs, all bluebird. See attached spreadsheet for details. Below are pictures of chicks in boxes F15, F23, and F26.

In addition to seeing lots of bluebirds, I saw a flock of ibis, wood ducks, a great blue heron and a little blue heron. Can anyone ID the caterpillar (below) climbing on and eating the native beeblossom (Gaura angustifolia a/k/a Oenothera simulans)?

The park was awash with the yellow of the State wildflower, coriopsis (Coreopsis leavenworthii), picture attached. Also attached are pictures of elephant's foot (Elephantopus elatus) beginning to bloom, and the shrub rusty lyonia (Lyonia ferruginea) beginning to show its rusty colors on its new growth.


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