Balm Boyette has 21 TM fledglings and no active nests.
Lake Park has 2 active nests with 4 BB eggs and 82 fledglings (64 BB, 12 CC, 6 CW).
Sargeant's Park has 10 BB fledglings and no active nests.
Flatwoods Park has one active nest with 2 BB eggs and 157 fledglings (122 BB, 23 CC, 12 TM). See attached spreadsheet for details.
I am always so excited when nesting season begins, and just as excited when it ends! It has been a very rewarding season and we just have about one week until it ends. I think we and the birds are all relieved that it's over and it was such a good year.
It was very hot of the Flatwoods Trail today and it's almost like the bluebirds have disappeared now that the chicks have fledged. I did see some fledglings hunting with their parents, which is always fun to watch.
Once the rains died down, the water began receding in the lakes and wetlands and the birds, like the great egrets, great blue heron, ibis, and wood storks were having a feast since the fish are now easy to catch. I also spotted a little green heron, wood ducks and black-bellied whistling-ducks.
Along the trail were red-bellied woodpeckers, Carolina wrens, a white-eyed vireo, titmice, and eastern towhees. I also spotted an opossum in an oak tree, and a gopher tortoise resting in his burrow.
Some of the plants, like goldenrod, that we associate with autumn, are beginning to bloom. The same goes for the beautiful false hoarhound.