Greetings this Wednesday, April 27th! The trail is well on its way as of this date. I have been very active on the Facebook page, but I would like to report in where we are thus far on first broods of the species — especially for those not following me and the trail activities on Facebook.
I am definitely seeing less species nesting on the trail this Spring with less nestboxes occupied — we’ve had a decrease of bluebird numbers in past three years in Virginia. I am seeing less Tree Swallows and less Carolina Chickadees nesting, as well. Of my 43 boxes, I have ten (10) NOT OCCUPIED by any species of bird at all. This is a tad disappointing to me. NO House Wrens and NO House Sparrows thus far. But I am not saying they won’t try to nest. I do know both species are in the area. The bright side of things are that my stats to date for first broods and species are as follows:
EABL: 121 EGGS, 81 HATCHED, 13 FLEDGED thus far–still have eggs to hatch and young to fledge.
CACH: 2 BOXES WITH 2 NESTS and 9 EGGS, both presently under incubation.
TRES: Late start! 4 BOXES WITH 4 NESTS started, no eggs yet.