Thursday, August 3, 2017
So, as I recover from my injury, I had a friend of mine check the last 2 nest boxes for me. He was able to check the one and happy to report it was empty. Everyone fledged. Now we have one to go. A helpful article can be viewed here. Giant Hogweed. I borrowed this image from a Google search to give you an idea why it is called "Giant Hogweed". Riverwood Park, in Mississauga. It was massive! I recall they were working on a plan to remove the plant but am not sure if they did. There was a large patch of it just off one of the paths near the river north of Burnhamthorpe. Might as well add a little visual scare factor for impact. And it can harm animals too.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
I checked my last box in the Forgotten Land late last week. This was the view I had every visit prior but I knew by this visit, the young birds would have fledged. I was excited to add these results to my growing final list.
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.