Today's monitoring was very fun and sad as we got to see lots of bird behavior including hatchlings begging for food, parents shuttling food to Box 4, and two more boxes with eggs in them. The sad part is that we only have one week of monitoring left in the school year before summer break for the students.
Our 5 Bluebird hatchlings fledged from Box 1 between our monitoring on Wednesday last week and Friday the same week. The parents and young have not been seen in the area since. Already a male House Sparrow has apparently laid claim to the empty box as he was repeatedly seen sitting on the box today. House Sparrows and Starlings are both from Europe and are considered invasive non-native species that compete with our native birds for food and nesting space.
If the House Sparrow begins to nest in Box 1, all nest materials will be consistently removed to prevent the completion of its life cycle as it is a obnoxious non-native species. This will make room for other native species to utilize box 1 if they choose to.
The Carpenter Bees in box 2 have become increasingly aggressive now coming out of the box with vigorous buzzing whenever the box is disturbed. For safety reasons, this box will no longer be monitored with the students. I will attempt to obtain images whenever possible. There are multiple bees in this box now with as many as 5 bees observed today.
The House Wren eggs in box 5 are nearing hatching soon. Perhaps next week we will get to see additional chicks during our monitoring.