Birds Posts

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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Bluebird Update 7/1/14 by , Ranger

July 2nd, 2014

Here we are in July and we still have active nests. At last week’s inspection of the nest boxes, two were occupied by bluebirds. There are now three active nests. The nest at the Cow Pasture continues to offer shelter to four bluebird nestlings (above). It’s a tight fit inside that cedar nest box but […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happened to the Green Herons in the Wetlands by , Ranger

June 30th, 2014

I’ve seen zero activity this past week at either of the green heron nests in our Wetlands. I saw a heron flying away from the Wetlands Saturday (6/21) and one flew in to fish late in the day Wednesday (6/25). What has happened to the two heron nests that were started, completed and in which eggs had […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/24/14 by , Ranger

June 24th, 2014

We currently have one nest with four yet to hatch eggs, and one nest with four nestlings. There are three empty nests. One nest has failed. The Cow Pasture eggs finally hatched. All four nestlings look to be in good shape. When I opened the side door of the nest box at the Bungee Jump […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Heron Nests, or Not? by , Ranger

June 23rd, 2014

Once again, Green Herons have decided to nest in our Wetlands. Two pair of herons have again concluded that our Wetlands is suitable for raising their young. We have enough food, shelter, and whatever else it is that herons seek when looking for a place to raise a family. The birds have chosen the same […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/17/14 by , Ranger

June 18th, 2014

We still have two nests with four eggs each and one nest remains a work in progress. The Cow Pasture and Bungee Jump nests both have four eggs apiece. I had predicted that the Cow Pasture eggs would have hatched by this week. I should stop making predictions, the occupants of the nest are still […] Read the rest of this entry »

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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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