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Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
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Bluebird Update April 5, 2012

April 5th, 2012

This bluebird nest holds five eggs (4/4/12).

We currently have six bluebird nest boxes here at the Museum. All of the boxes were donated by Ken Kernodle and friends back in March of 2010 with the addition of two new boxes installed this year.

The boxes were checked as to their current occupancy on April 3 & 4 and were all found to contain nests. Four of the boxes contained bluebird nests with four to five eggs each, one box contained a Carolina Chickadee nest with four eggs, and one had a paper wasp nest inside. I removed the wasp nest and hope to have birds moving in soon.

Thanks to Ranger Kristin and Scouts Phoebe and Ellie for their help with the nest box inspections, couldn’t have done it without you!!

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  1. Is that a berry container at the bottom of the nest?

    Posted by leslie
  2. Ranger Comment :

    Absolutely, it is a berry container. That’s the idea of Ken Kernodle and a very good idea, I might say. Putting that little container in the nest box makes for a very easy and efficient clean out after nesting. Toss the container after the birds have fledged and you get rid of the mess left behind by the birds and at least some of any parasites that may have made their way into the nest. After some light brushing of the interior of the box, simply pop in a new container and you’re ready for the next brood.
    Have a good one.

    Posted by Greg Dodge

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