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Bluebird Trail Reports 6/22/22

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Below are the 6-22-2022 Weekly Reports for the Bluebird Trails at the following Parks:

  • Balm-Boyette Preserve: 8 fledglings (5 CC, 3 TM)

  • Hunter's Green Park: 24 fledglings (BB)

  • Lake Park: 64 fledglings (58 BB, 3 CC, 3 CW)

  • Lettuce Lake Park: 7 fledglings (5 BB, 2 CC), & 1 complete BB nest

  • Sargeant's Park: 5 fledglings (BB)

  • Flatwoods Park: 113 fledglings (92 BB, 18 CC, 3 TM), 34 BB chicks, 35 BB eggs. See attached spreadsheet for details.

It was great to be back on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail today after being out of town for a few days. The sky was overcast, so it wasn't as hot as usual and we observed a lot of bluebird activity. Box F37, that had white eggs, has a second nesting with white eggs again. That means that the same parents have laid eggs in the same box again, which is normal. We still have bats in 2 boxes, but the bats in box F52 are gone.

We were delighted to see two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our native garden right off the bat. They were feeding on one of their favorite foods, the Firebush. Also feeding in our native garden was a Northern Parula.

Out on the main trail, we saw Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Northern Bobwhite Quail, 3 Wild Turkeys, lots of Common Ground and Mourning Doves, a Common Gallinule, an Anhinga, Black and Turkey Vultures, a Swallow-tailed Kite, a Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Great Crested Flycatchers, White-eyed Vireos, an American Crow, Tufted Titmice, a Carolina Wren, Eastern Towhees, and Northern Cardinals. We also saw an Armadillo, a Marsh Rabbit, and a Black Racer.

Growing all over the place at Flatwoods is a little ground cover, Frog Fruit or Carpetweed (Phyla nodiflora), that is the host plant for the White Peacock Butterfly.

Also in bloom is the Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) vine, that is a favorite of the hummingbirds.

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