Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
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eggsLandfill Trail Log 2005

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ID Type Attempt #, Species & Fate
First Egg Date
Clutch Size
Hatch Date
# Nestlings
Fledge Date # Fledglings Blowfly Comments
A PETE NW
41.58.442
71.57.354
1 TRES S
2 HOWR dummy
6
6/8?
6
6
N
4/16: wasps. Fell over.
4/22: small amount of grass inside.
4/29: NC
5/22: 5 eggs, one broke on opening box. Replaced with 2 eggs from box E
6/10: 6 babies, mb 2 days old
7/2: all fledged
B NABS N
41.58.404
71.57.316
1 TRES F
2 HOWR dummy
5/21
5
4
0
N
4/16: wasps, poop on roof
4/29: N, changed direction
5/22: 2 eggs
5/29, 6/10: 5 eggs
7/2: all 4 dead, fully grown & feathered, messy butts
C GILW W
41.48.402
71.57.291
1 TRES F or EABL?
6/10
1
0
0
4/16: nothing
4/22: small amount of grass
5/22: no eggs yet, no feathers
5/29: EABL perching
6/3 TRES and EABL perching
6/10: no feather, 1 TRES egg
7/2: empty, rmvd nest
7/9: paper wasp nest
D PETE W
41.58.407
71.47.226
1 TRES S
5/19
5
6/10?
4
2
4/16: wasps, poop
4l/22: one wasp, reapplied paraffin
4/29: blades of grass, 4 wasps, changed direction
5/29: 5 eggs
6/10: 1 unhatched eggs
7/2: gone, 2 unhatched eggs eggs
E GILW E
48.58.451
71.57.226
1 TRES F (5)
2 TRES S
6/2
4
2?
2
4/16, 4/22: nothing
4/29: blades grass
5/22: dead F on 5 eggs. Moved 2 eggs to A, left nest. Eggs pink
5/29: empty nest, remd
6/3: 2 eggs
6/10: 4 eggs
7/2: 2 feathered babies
F PETE NE
41.58.489
71.57.240
1 TRES S
5/20
6
6
5
4/16: many wasps, poop, TRES swoop
4/22: 1 wasp
4/29: 10 blades grass
5/22: 3 eggs, paper gum wrapper in nest
7/2: 1 dead baby in nest with feathers, very maggotty
G NABS SE
4158504
07157301
1 TRES S
2 HOWR dummy
7
7/2?
4
2?
4/16: beginning of nest, 2 wasps, swoop
4/22: nest appears complete (lined with feathers)
5/22: 5 eggs
5/29: 2 eggs?
6/3: 3 eggs BB buzz
6/10: 7 eggs
7/2: 1-2 day old babies
8?/4/06 - 1-2 corpses
H GILWOOD
41.584.460
71.57.334
1 EABL S
2 EABL S
4/19
6/3
5
5
3
5

3
5

Y

4/16: complete bluebird nest, EABL male, TRES swoop
4/22: 4 eggs.
4/23: 5 eggs. Starling flew from box. Eggs intact.
4/29: male perch, no F, TRES swooping
5/14: 3 healthy babies, maybe 1 week old, 2 M
5/29: fledged? remd nest. Not flattnd, clean, blow fly
6/3: 1 egg
6/10: 5 eggs
7/2: 5 babies, 2 M, nestchange
7/9: all fledged

I NABS bark
4158431
07157287
1 TRES S
5
6/9?
5
5?
N
4/16: wasp, poop
4/22: partial nest
4/29: flat grass nest
5/22: 5 very pink eggs
6/10: hatched, 1-2 days?
7/2: fledged, male EABL perched
7/9: empty
J NABS
retention
pond
41.58.486
71.57.370
1 TRES F
1 HOWR F
1 HOWR dummy
5/31
6
6/17?
4
2
Y
4/16: few blades grass, TRS perch, no wasps
4/22: a little grass
4/29: 1" grass, TRES perch
5/22: no eggs
5/29 MF no eggs. Heard HOWR
6/3: 4 eggs
6/10: 6 eggs, pink
7/2: 2 babies, 2 dead, lots of blow fly
7/9: other two dead
7/17: HOWR dummy nest remd
K
24F
NABS road
41.58.515
71.57.457
1 TRES S
1 HOWR F
7
6/6?
7
7
Y
4/16: TRES perch, no wasp
4/22: no grass
4/29: 1 blade grass
5/22: 7 eggs! 5/29: sitting
6/10: hatched, mb 5 days old
6/17: nest change, blow fly
7/2: fledged
7/17: HOWR dummy nest rmd
L PETE
lower office
41.54.426
71.57.287
1 EABL F (4)
1 HOSP F
1 BCCH F
1 TRES S

4/22
X
4

4
X
4

4
X
4
7/2?
0
X
1?
4/16: complete nest
4/22: 1 egg, HOSP pair going in and out. Installed spooker
4/23: 2 eggs
4/29: 4 eggs, brooding
5/14: 4 tiny babies - maybe 1-2 days old.
5/22: 4 babies, nest change wet
5/29: all dead. 2 earlier, 1 recent. smelly. Changed directrion from W to E
6/3: BCCH nest, TRES perching, no eggs
6/10: nest larger, no eggs, TRES on line
6/17: 4 eggs
7/2: 4 newly hatched babies
7/9: 3 dead babies, one alive
7/17: baby appears to have fledged.
M GILWOOD
by entrance
41.58.523
71.57.491
1 TRES F
1 HOWR F
6
6/8?
6
0
4/16, 4/19: nothing
5/22, 5/29: TRES sitting
6/3: 6 eggs
6/10: hatched, mb 2 days
6/17: nest empty, HOWR sticks
7/2: HOWR dummy, removed and plugged

Note: In 2004, there were two boxes at the landfill, both NABS - J and K, each of which fledged an estimated 5 TRES around 6/27/04.

KEY
BCCH = Black-capped Chickadee
EABL = Eastern Bluebird
NABS = NABs style nestbox
PETE = Peterson style nestbox
TRES = Tree Swallow

YEAR # boxes EABL TRES BCCH HOWR
2004 2:10 fledge=5 per box 0 2 nestings, ~ 10 fledglings 0 0
2005 13:39 fledge=3 per box 3 nest attempts in 2 boxes. 2 successful (4 nestlings lost from 1 nest). Total of 14 eggs, 12 hatched, 8 fledged. First egg 4/19. 13 nest attempts in 12 boxes. 8 successful, nestings, 1 failed (5 eggs), 62 eggs, ~52 hatched, ~31 fledged. First egg 5/19. 1 nesting, failed, no eggs. 3 F HOWR attempts in 3 boxes. 1 F HOSP attempt, 4 HOWR dummy nests at end of season

4/16: Serious wasp problem, worst by woods. Ivory (bar) soaped boxes. One bluebird pair seen, numerous TRES.
4/22: HOSP going in and out of L. Installed sparrow spooker. Painted underside of Peterson boxes with latex, as all had wasps. Reapplied paraffin to boxes that still had wasp activity. Counted 15 TRES flying in upper area.
4/23: Sparrow spooker apparently effective, second egg laid. Saw starling fly from box H while parents perched on nearby metal vent.
5/14: 100% occupancy! 11 boxes with TRES in them, 2 with a few wasps. Some nests had no feathers. No eggs yet.


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- Larry Zeleny, The Bluebird, How you can Help Its Fight for Survival, 1976

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