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Water Everywhere! 07/30/18

There is water everywhere at Flatwoods Park and they have closed the Bruce B. Downs entrance because of high water. Still, it was nice on the bluebird trail today and we have 2 active boxes remaining as we approach the end of the 2018 bluebird nesting season. We have a total of 171 fledglings (150 BB, 8 CC, 13 TM), with an additional 5 eggs and 2 chicks remaining. See attached spreadsheet for details. I've also attached a picture of the one newly hatched chick in box F37.

With the high water levels, the animals that I saw today were mainly birds and reptiles that love the water, such as great egrets, one black-crowned night heron, and one water moccasin (shown above). There were also ruby-throated hummingbirds in the native garden.

I understand why the tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii) is Florida's wildflower, because it is abundant and has been blooming all summer (picture attached). I've also included pictures of beauty-berry (Callicarpa americana) with its beautiful magenta colored berries, and spotted beebalm or  horsemint (Monarda punctata), and ironweed (Vermonia gigantea), which the hummers and butterflies love.

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