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Bluebird Update 7/22/14 by , Ranger

July 23rd, 2014

We are most certainly coming to the end of the nesting season. There is only one active nest, the Amphimeadow (AM) nest, and it has four fresh bluebird nestlings within. The nestlings haven’t yet opened their eyes so they’ll still be there when I make the rounds next week. All of the other five nest boxes are […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Stacked and Happy by , Ranger

July 22nd, 2014

The two sliders were just off the Main Wetlands Overlook. One might think from their situation that space was limited on the log that they chose to perch upon. There were no other turtles present. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Cuckoo and a Sphinx by , Ranger

July 21st, 2014

  There are three cuckoos in the east, mangrove, black-billed, and yellow-billed. You’d be lucky to see a mangrove cuckoo in its restricted range in Florida, you will not see one here in Durham, NC. Some would say that the other two cuckoos might just as well be restricted to the mangroves of Florida, it’s […] Read the rest of this entry »

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QUIZ ANSWERS by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

Answers to QUIZ TIME. And here’s why. We only have a front view of this bird. The light source is filtering through from behind, not great light. The bird in the photo is a buteo, not an accipiter (Cooper’s hawk). There are three buteos in our area at this time of year, Broad-winged, Red-shouldered, and Red-tailed […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Most Interesting Encounter by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

I was standing in the vending area of Catch the Wind talking to some of the Adventure On Summer Campers here at the Museum. One of the benches had tan and gray stains on the back rest of the bench and I was explaining how this residue was the result of Carpenter Bees digging holes […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/15/14 by , Ranger

July 16th, 2014

At this time in 2012 we had five empty nests and one active nest, the Cow Pasture nest. That nest was raided the very night following the nest box inspection, the eggs cleared out, I think by a raccoon. Last year at this time we had no active nests, the last one having fledged 5 […] Read the rest of this entry »

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QUIZ TIME by , Ranger

July 10th, 2014

Can you identify the bird in the photo? You’ve probably already figured out that the bird is a hawk. Can you identify it as to species (5 points). Extra points for giving the age of the bird (5 points). Double points for naming the tree the bird is perched upon (10 points). If possible, indicate how […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Snakes in Holes by , Ranger

July 10th, 2014

When the weather gets hot I sometimes see snakes taking refuge in holes at the base of the bald cypress and dawn redwood trees in our Wetland. The snakes often lie peering out of the holes. The snake sightings have increased over the past several weeks. One of the snakes that I regularly see is […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/8/14 by , Ranger

July 9th, 2014

One nest has fledged all their bluebirds while two nests are still in the early stages, one contains eggs, the other four fresh nestlings. The Cow Pasture bluebirds have flown their coop. Upon inspection, the nest box was empty except for hundreds, no thousands, of very tiny spiders. At first sight I thought the minute […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Red, White, and Blue, sort of by , Ranger

July 4th, 2014

The red I heard the call of the hawk before I saw it. As I turned, the bird came in to a Loblolly Pine over the Train Station here at the Museum. It was carrying something of weight and bulk in its talons though I couldn’t make out what it was. The bird began to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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