This evening I talked Grace in joining me as I visited all of the Bluebird Nest Boxes here in Allegany State Park. I am proud to announce that we located two Eastern Bluebird with 5 eggs in their box. The first nest had the female incubating her eggs . . . . .
. . . . and of course I forgot to turn my macro feature on as I stuck the camera in the box. This second-year (born last summer) female was banded and then placed back in her nest box (after a few photos). We located other Bluebirds with their nest build but have not laid their eggs yet! It appears this “might” be my best Bluebird year that I have had in a very long time (lets hope all the birds follow through without any problems). Tree Swallows have also just started building their nest and was fun seeing a few feathers in their boxes (the feathers are what Tree Swallows cherish most)!
EABL Nest 1 and EABL Nest 2
I probably should remind everyone that I monitor around 50 nest boxes (80% are bluebird boxes) here in the Allegany State Park area. Aside from this project that I have two additional boxes back behind my house that I watch. The bluebirds their have not laid any eggs yet and I think this should happen any day now (this is the pair in my bluebird soaps). I was much happier with these results than what I had a few weeks ago with all the dead Tree Swallows that I was finding.