Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Como Park Bluebird Trail Update: May 10th, 2016

Post contributed by Sharon, volunteer bluebird trail monitor:
Chickadee eggs
Nodding trillium in the Park

It promises to be a cool and rainy week on the trail, so it will be very important for parent birds to keep their eggs warm. Nesting season is well underway and there are many eggs this week. Three bluebird nests have a total of at least 13 blue eggs (one female stayed on her nest so I was unable to count her eggs—there were 4 last week). One chickadee nest has 6 brown-speckled white eggs, the other may have 1 egg, but with so much fur inside and a blurry photo, it was difficult to tell. Nine of eleven nest boxes are now up, and only one is still empty. There are three with nest beginnings inside—one of them includes feathers and may belong to tree swallows. Two more newly-installed posts await the attachment of the last two nest boxes.