Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A couple days ago I went through Area One again. It started off quite cloudy with sporadic drizzle but by the time I got moving about the grounds the sun came out, it turned hot stank humid and fast. It reminded me of every walk I did in 2016 as that was one of the hottest summers I can recall in my entire life. Anyway... today I had some company, which was nice for a change. My company was my wife Angie. She mostly "chased" butterflies and dragonflies throughout, and took a couple pics of me out there.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Hey all, not trying to drag this blog out by any means but I visited the Forgotten Land earlier this week and checked another box I was confident would be empty; and it was! 5 more successfully fledged of Tree Swallows!
Friday, June 30, 2017
Short blog folks. Busy week. Canada Day long weekend is just about upon us. I checked the box where I found the first Tree Swallow eggs of the season earlier this week. You may recall my mention of this dilapidated box that I vowed to leave be until I was certain the birds would be gone. Ya, that one. Well, I am happy to report that the nest was now empty. All 6 young successfully fledged! The box did not fall apart as I opened it, which is good; but I am glad I left it be just in case. other blog of mine out from this week. I will be checking other boxes in the coming weeks. I am really trying to time it right that they should be empty at my next visit. I worry about spooking young birds and causing early fledges. I noticed one of the other boxes nearby had young birds, big young birds, all fighting to get their heads out the nest box. I don't want to be the reason they take that first flight when they might not be quite ready. Because once a Tree Swallow fledges and is out, that's it.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
So with the success, nothing short of a miracle to me with those Bluebirds, it was time for another sweep of the other nest boxes. What a change from the last sweep and seeing so many adult birds sitting on nests! Suddenly there was lots of hatches, and many weren't that new either. Great parents keeping their young warm during the cold wet days we endured! I will break this blog up with photos from my walk and share some of my finds. This lone box was my first to check. It sits to the north end of Area One. YouTube link to the sounds from outside one of the boxes, just to give you a little more of an experience. The young birds promptly shut up when I stepped closer. Oh, and the parents came swooping down at my head. Hard to tell that there are 5 birds in this box, eh.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Well the Bluebird saga has come to a close. What a ride it has been. But I am happy to report that the two little Bluebirds fledged! It was a fantastic ending to such a bumpy ride with the 2 pairs I had near our home. I can admit my anxiety as I neared that nest box yesterday. My senses were full throttle as I looked for flashes of blue around me, hoping to hear the call of one, and taking in the air as I neared the box, hoping to not breathe in the smell of death and decay. Let's not dwell on the 8 eggs that did not hatch. Let's not dwell on the adults that died for one reason or another. Let's celebrate the lives of these two new Bluebirds in our world. I have no photos for this one. I should have snapped one of the nest box with the empty nest other than the unhatched eggs. I did clean it out immediately as Bluebirds often do re-nest; although with everything that has happened, I really doubt it here. Regardless, I'm still ecstatic about how this has ended. Aren't you? FCUK. And this one.