Spring Posts

Bluebird Update 6/10/14 by , Ranger

June 11th, 2014

Things are moving along, albeit slowly. Three nest boxes are still empty, but progress is being made, all through the efforts of bluebirds. The nest at the Cow Pasture, which held four eggs last week, still holds four eggs. The female flushed from the box as I approached the pasture, she looks to be incubating. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Swallows Return with Family by , Ranger

June 6th, 2014

If you remember back in March, I reported that Northern Rough-winged Swallows¬†had returned from their southern winter quarters and were zooming around the Wetlands. I also mentioned that they nest nearby and that they sometimes bring their young to our Wetlands for flying lessons, lessons on how to catch their preferred food, flying insects.¬†The swallows […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/3/14 by , Ranger

June 4th, 2014

While some of the bluebird families which fledged young over the past few weeks were out learning how to survive life in semi-suburban Durham, others were busy starting new nests. Four of our six nest boxes here on the Museum’s 84 acres are empty, awaiting occupancy, the other two have been claimed by bluebirds. The […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Hooded Merganser Nest by , Ranger

June 2nd, 2014

Unfortunately, the mergansers in the above photo do not reside in our Wetlands. I saw a report on the local bird listerv that a couple of broods of wood ducks and one merganser brood was seen at Sandy Creek Park on the south side of Durham. The park is located at the end of Sandy […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Did you see that? by , Ranger

May 30th, 2014

Here’s some of what you missed if you haven’t been walking our trails here at the Museum lately. This first item is something that I’ve missed for the past five or six years here at the Museum, a damselfly. Azure Bluets have probably been in our Wetlands long before I arrived here some six years […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 5/27/14 by , Ranger

May 28th, 2014

Although none of our six nest boxes contains nestlings, nor even eggs, there is still exciting news to report. A new nest has been started, and the last remaining nest which held birds is now empty. The Cow pasture nest box now contains a second bluebird nest. Perhaps we’ll see eggs by next week. All […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Out and About by , Ranger

May 26th, 2014

Just some sights from the past week. First spotted by Michelle Kloda as she headed off to Build it! Bamboo one day last week, a Trapdoor Spider. Trapdoor Spiders spend most of their time in a hole in the ground waiting for prey to come walking by. They build a hinged, silken lid to top […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Gray Fox Pups by , Ranger

May 21st, 2014

I’d been informed that someone, a Museum Guest, had spotted gray fox pups just off the trail in Explore the Wild. I’d seen an adult in this area many times during the past few months so it was no surprise, but I was excited at the prospect of getting photos of the pups. As I […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 5/20/14 by , Ranger

May 21st, 2014

All’s quiet of the Bluebird Front. While last week we had two empty nests, those nests having fledged six chickadees, and four nests full of nestling bluebirds, we now have only one occupied nest. The Butterfly House nest is the only active nest at this time. It contains four bluebird nestlings who are ready to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Waxwings and Mulberries by , Ranger

May 16th, 2014

I was cruising Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind for turtles that might have been looking for nest sites when I noticed that the branches of the mulberry tree that hangs over the path near the Sail Boat Pond were drooping very low. There were also many purple stains on the pavement below the […] Read the rest of this entry »

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