May 13, 2018 at 7:57 am #6376
First, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day! A few nesting reports I’d like to share. We had such a long cold Spring that it seems that most of the birds were delayed in starting their nestings. Except for the Robin she built her nest in the Redbud tree which was practically bare of cover. But so far she is having success with at least two nestlings to care for.
A Chipping Sparrow nested in the Dwarf Alberta Spruce tree. I never did a check on this since I didnt discover this nesting until it was too close to fledgling.
Finally, after last year’s failure and a few previous years absence before that the Bluebirds are back with 5 babies which are just a few days old. Box is protected with spooker and guard both.
The Chickadees are nesting in the Gilbertson PVC box with five eggs that should have hatched either yesterday or the day before.
Now for the best news the Prothonorary Warblers are again nesting in Fred’s Hexagon nestbox desgin (Fred they seem to really prefer this box). The female laid her first egg yesterday. In desperation (because of a House Wren heard singing off in the distance) I put a Wren Guard on the box after my nest check. I am happy to report that this morning I watch as the female, after several attempts, entered the box. So hopefully the nest will be protected from those little #%@*$ House Wrens.
A Mourning Dove nested in the Spruce tree but it is up too high for any nest checks.
Well thats it for now.
When The New Wears Off The Old Shines Through.May 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm #6377
Dee babies have hatched and the Prothonorary Warbler laid her second egg. Whew, success!
When The New Wears Off The Old Shines Through.May 15, 2018 at 5:41 am #6385DanaParticipant
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It sounds like you have one busy yard full of nesting birds, how wonderful! Do you get western and mountain bluebirds where you’re at? Which species is nesting in your nestbox. I’m just curious. I’m in PA. We only get the eastern bluebirds here. I find all 3 species beautiful.
Lancaster, PAMay 16, 2018 at 5:55 pm #6392dogsandbirdsModerator
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Renee, they are SO busy there! So much fun!! Yay for your PROW!
I do have dees about to fledge but that’s it and maybe all for this year. I do love it when they are successful because they so seldom are.
Atlanta, GAMay 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm #6395SassyParticipant
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Wow Renee, that is great news. You are so lucky having so many nesting pairs. Four boxes here and nothing in any of them. Weather has not been great, but maybe it is just a lack of birds of this year. Not sure which. Congrats on your success.
Connie (PA)May 23, 2018 at 9:13 am #6436
Renee. Wow!…a Prothonotary again! I would love to have one. How many years ago did you have your first one make a nest in your box? It seems like yesterday but I bet it was quite a few years ago. I remember that time.
TammyMay 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm #6472
Well the Robins fledged over a week ago and the female is already incubating in a new nest in the other Redbud tree. The blues fledged a few days ago but I missed it. The dees also fledged the other day. They went like popcorn one right after the other. The Tree Swallows have 4 eggs, pretty low egg count for them but they got a late start because it was cold for so long. And one of the Prothonorary Warbler’s eggs hatched today.
Hi Dana, Im in rural SW Indiana so we have the Eastern Blues. Yes they are all beautiful especially the Mountian male. Too bad we can’t get all of them.
Gin, it is sad that dees have such a hard time, you have awful troubles with those blasted wrens thouh. Im kind of lucky in that they dont arrive here until the beginning of May. Usually by then the dees are long gone so safe from them. This year all the birds got started very late. But a wren guard has been very successful in hiding that hole even from the Blues who seem to hate my adorable dees. Oh and a hole reducers to keep other out.
Hi Sassy,we had a very long rainy and cold spring this year but thats over and today its in the low 90s and humid. Ugh
Hi Tamsea, I believe it was about 6 years ago that I “forced” the Blues to move to the East side of our house so the dees could nest in peace. That, I believe, made it easier for the Prothonotary Warblers, too. Before that I had seen a male Pro Wrb tryong to check out the boxes on the West side but the blues would always chase him away. Ever since then I have had them nesting and a couple of years ago I had two PRO WRB nestings. I was thrilled to say the least.
Well thats the latest news. Hope everyone has happy trails.
When The New Wears Off The Old Shines Through.June 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm #6529
OK. I give,…what’s a WRB. For the life of me I can’t figure it out.
TammyJune 7, 2018 at 9:55 pm #6539blue diamondsParticipant
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Tammy…………I think WRB is short for Warbler.
Judy-MichiganJune 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm #6567
That makes sense. I thought she was talking about two birds there,
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