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Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail Report 3/8/21

Today was a beautiful, cool, day on the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail and our birds have been busy! We have a total of 17 partial or complete nests (6BB, 8 CC, 3 TM). See attached spreadsheet for details. On my photo page, I've attached a picture of one of the tufted titmice nests and wanted you to see the little bit of snakeskin that they usually include in their nest. I don't know if that's a way to try to keep the snakes out of the nests, or what.

Sherry and I began our day seeing 4 swallowtail kites, which is always a thrill. They're beginning to migrate back from their Central and South American winter grounds. In addition to bluebirds, we also saw lots of black and turkey vultures, a juvenile and adult little blue heron, a great blue heron, palm warblers, mockingbirds, a Carolina chickadee, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, Eastern towhees, northern parula, and a beautiful pair of wild turkeys. We also saw a beautiful buck deer with antlers.

One of the park's wetland areas, Clay Gulley, had some beautiful Southern blue flag iris (Iris virginica), and our Native Garden has coralbean (Erythrina herbacea) in bloom.


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