A further comment about wrens.... At the Manchester Rec Park we are monitoring 22 nest boxes - of which 9 are wrens and 11 tree swallows and 1 (maybe 2 as of Wed) Bluebirds - YEA! Indeed all are co-existing --- the wrens in the boxes near the woods/hedges
In the bluebird's box there were 2 eggs and 2 hatchlings.
It is difficult to see into the 'nests' of the wrens... I do suspect that some may, indeed, just be sticks! One box had 2 yg 'squawking' at the hole with beaks agape. Both adults were diligent coming and going from the box at least 10x in the short time I watched. I was curious about the others in the box, not at the hole... would they get fed??? Sure enough, an adult scooted passed the opened mouths into the box after about the 6 or 7 feed I observed.
Another interesting happening.... while there are 11 boxes with Tree Swallows - some with f still incubating, some with eggs and some with just hatched young and eyes opened young, there is only one box where I get VERY AGGRESSIVELY dive bombed by 8-10 adults - this every one of the 4 times I have visited. Why only one????
Had a lovely, singing male Scarlet Tanager in the yard today. Maybe he's between broods - or was just celebrating??
Tis fun watching the nesting activity in the area.
E Dorset, VT
Need to know now? Get instant answers with Windows Live Messenger.