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Bluebird Trail Reports 7-5-2021

  • Balm Boyette has 21 TM fledglings, with no active nests.

  • Lake Park has 8 active nests with 17 eggs, 16 chicks, and 70 fledglings (52 BB, 12 CC, 6CW).

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

  • Flatwoods Park has 15 active nests with 13 eggs, 21 chicks, and 140 fledglings (105 BB, 23 CC, 12 TM). See attached spreadsheet for details.



Our spy-cam box still doesn't have a complete nest in it, but Sherry got a picture of the male bluebird sitting on the box. Even though it is late for this year, maybe the pair will occupy that box nest year! We're not giving up! One thing I've noticed, is that as we approach the end of bluebird season in August, it seems that the birds are having fewer eggs with fewer fledglings in their second and third nestings. I think they are worn out!



We did see a lot of interesting and beautiful birds today including a male and female summer tanagers, a ruby-throated hummingbird, a limpkin, ground and mourning doves, red-bellied woodpeckers, great blue, little blue, and tricolored herons, a great egret, black and turkey vultures, an osprey, and a red-shouldered hawk. It was a real treat to see a mixed flock of smaller birds foraging in the trees, that included Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, blue-gray gnatcatchers, yellow-throated warblers, pine warblers, and northern parulas. We also saw our resident gator sunning on the lake shoreline.






Profusely blooming in our native garden is the beautiful Rosinweed (Silphium compositum). Along the trail we spotted some Day-flowers (Commelina erecta), and with all the rain we've had lately, we're seeing a lot of Wood sage (Teucrium canadense) in the wet areas.


P.S.: Balm Boyette trail monitor Steve Rickert and Flatwoods trail monitor Mary Miller wrote bluebird articles for the Tampa Audubon Society's July Newsletter. Check them out!




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