House Wrens are on their second nesting - a neighboring box, 3 eggs this am
RB Grosbeaks, Catbirds, Hummers and Chipping Sparrow young about yd.
Full houses at the Manchester Rec Park - some interesting notes:
TRSW - Box 3A: 6/25 Yg at hole begging. 7/5 expected to empty box. When I opened box, one almost ready to fledge yg peering at me. Perfect shape - very real looking --- but 'baked' in time. Another there as well. Looks like once the 'older' yg fledged, two were abandoned.
#2 -- 7/5 Bluebirds - 4 fledged BUT
#10 - 6/25 new Bluebird nest 7/5 f incubating 4 eggs. Yay!!
Of 11 Tree Swallow nests, 2 still are feeding young.
On 6/18, five new boxes were put up. Although a bit late, all are now 'occupied' with wren activity - at least 2 have fine inner nest material and singing adults in area.
It's been great fun monitoring these nest boxes. The female Tree S. will sit tight when incubating despite prying eyes. Community mobbing occurs at some boxes when intruders are near.
The Wrens scoot out immediatedly and the males sing continuously at the box. The Bluebirds hang out and 'talk' a lot.
When I pulled up for my survey on 6/25, I witnessed a female House Sparrow at the opening of a box that had Tree Swallows in it earlier. I watched as the bird tried to get inside 2-3xs - seemingly, without success. I grabbed my binos and got out of my car. When I focused back on the box, a male House Sp exited!!! The yg TRSW were about to fledge the week prior, so I suspect they were successful, but those darn HOSP were after something. I think I have only seen the one pair on one other day during a box check.
A bird any day makes me ok!
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