Laubscher - We checked five out of the six boxes and were excited to find one nest with six eggs that were speckled orange and white so we could tell that they were from a house wren. Then we saw another nest with five eggs that were light blue and white, so we knew that they were eastern blue birds. We also saw a chickadee nest with five eggs that were snow white. Finally we saw one nest with five baby birds! We think that they were also eastern blue birds. We are excited because there are still about 15 eggs that are almost ready to hatch in the bird boxes.
Squire - We saw eggs in three boxes. We saw three babies in box 1. We saw a full nest in box 5. In two boxes the mom came out.
Rowsey – Today we saw 12 eggs located in all of the boxes except one. We also saw 5 hatched babies in box 6. We saw the mom and dad on the power lines. After we left the box, they returned to check on their eggs. We thought this was awesome.
Rowsey - “In Box 1, there was an eastern bluebird nest with 5 eggs. We only saw a spider and a web with an egg sac in box #2. Our group saw a house wren nest in box #3. We also saw a gum wrapper in that box. In Box #6, there was a tree swallow nest. The parents were flying around that area. It was a lot of fun today!”
Squire - Box 2 had a full nest but no eggs. Box 1 has 5 eggs. They were Eastern Bluebird Eggs. They were pale blue. We saw a tree swallow on the power line. Box 5 had a partial nest.
Laubscher - Box #1– We found EGGS today! There were five eastern blue bird eggs in the nest and we could tell because they were a bright blue color.
Box #4- A nest has started! It was empty and unfinished, but maybe next week there will be eggs too!
Box #5 – There was a house wren nest, but it was incomplete.
Rowsey - We saw a wasp nest. We also saw the beginning of a bird nest with feathers, twigs, and grass. We witnessed a bird that was trying to get into a bird box but couldn’t because he was carrying a stick that was too large.
Squire - Box #5 we saw sticks and a bee hive from last year which we took out.
Box # 2 we saw little eggs. We also saw a partial nest.
Box #6 we saw a nest that was almost done.
Laubscher - Box #1– There was a nest! The nest had a dip in the middle and feathers, so it was ready for eggs to be laid.
Box #4 – Box was empty, but there were two eastern blue birds fighting on top and a third flying nearby.
Box #6 – Still empty with a little bit of bird poop and a couple feathers.
Rowsey - Our group saw spider webs. We did not see any birds in the boxes. However, we did see the start of a bird nest in box 2.
Squire - We saw a chickadee around box 2. We saw tree swallows fighting with blue birds near box 2. Box 2 had a little sign of nesting, a little grass in it. Box 5 had no sign of nesting. We saw a robin’s nest by box 5.
Laubscher- Box #1– Empty, possibly the beginning of a nest with a few scraps of grass? Took the temperature and it was 64 degrees.
Box #2 – Saw an eastern blue bird on top.
Box #4- Still Empty, but we took the temperature and it was 57 degrees.
4/6/16 - Squire
Noah, Lydia, Liam, Brianna, Rio
Box 2, 5, 6 - No signs of nest building, but we saw nests in trees from last year and a nest on a building. We saw one predator, a crow. We heard a chickadee in the tree by the community center. We saw a mom and dad tree swallow.
4/6/16 - Laubscher
Paul, John, Yasmine, Tika, Madeline
Box #1– Empty, except for spider and bird poop (probably left over from last year).
Box #4- Empty, except for bird poop and feathers (probably left over from last year).
4/6/16 - Rowsey
We did not find any signs of nesting. However, we did find a cobweb in Box 3.
Birds for Thirds: Year Two
This will be our second year monitoring birds and their behavior on our school campus. Thank you to Ranger Pete Hamel for accompanying the students on their weekly monitoring sessions.