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eggsLandfill Trail Log 2007

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ID Type Attempt #, Species & Fate 2007
First Egg Date
Clutch Size
Hatch Date
# Nestlings
Fledge Date # Fledglings Blowfly Comments
A PETE NW BACK TO BACK
41.58.442
71.57.354
EABL S 05/02? 5   5   6   3/24: PP
4/22: EABL? partial pine
4/28: complete no eggs
05/06: 5 eggs, incubating
5/19: 5 hatched
5/26: opened box, 3 fell out as box was crooked, returned.
6/2: Babies look okay, very big, hard to keep in box during monitoring.
6/9: fledged
6/22, 30: empty
18 NABS NE BACK TO BACK

TRES - F

EABL? - F
HOSP

5/17 5   0   0   4/28: partial TRES
5/19: 3 eggs
5/26, 6/27, 6/9: 5 eggs
6/16: empty grass nest - bluebird?
6/22: a few feathers, no eggs
6/30: HOSP nest! 4 eggs. Removed, both adults trapped.
B NABS N
41.58.404
71.57.316
TRES S
EABL S

6/27
5
5
  4?
3

  4
1
  4/28: 1" nest, no PW, TRES perch
5/19: 5 eggs
6/2: babies hatched. PW nest in this box (no pepp)
6/9: PW, added pep.
6/16: fledged
6/22: flat nest of pine needles
6/30: I think the EABL from 18 may have moved here - 4 eggs
7/14: 5 eggs, incubation began 7/1? 2 hatched.
7/21: 2 young, one dead, lots blow fly
7/24: 1 more dead, small head, distended abd. Nest change. parents seen.
7/29: alive
8/5: fledged
C GILW W
41.48.402
71.57.291
TRES   9   4   4?  

4/28: TRES nest -F wouldn't get off
5/19: 5 eggs
5/26: 2 look diff
6/9: on eggs/chicks
6/16; 5 eggs
6/22: 9 eggs! 4 look more pink.
6/30: 8 eggs, 4 look pure white, 4 pink.
7/14: 4 young maybe a week old. Blowflies. Remd eggs.
7/22: v. lg, in nest

D PETE W
41.58.407
71.47.226
                4/28, 5/6: empty, many PW, added pad with peppermint on 5/6
5/19, 6/2: no PW
6/16, 22: empty
6/30: PW.
7/14: native PW on side! added peppermint.
14 GILB P w D
No pred gd
TRES S   6   5-6?   4   3/16: NA
4/28: grass, no PW
5/6: TRES, no pw
5/19: 6 eggs
5/26: 5 eggs
6/16: big babies
6/22: 4 big babies, piled up.
6/30: fledged.
7/14: Native PW
16 NABS
Gravel
no pred gd
               

New for 2007.
4/28: pair perching, 1 drab gray
5/6, 19, 26: nada
6/2: EPW on door.
6/9: some grass/twigs
6/19: same
6/22: nest with no cup (floor), EABL perch
6/30: HOSP? some wiry grass with seedheads. Incomplete
7/14: rmd nest.

22 NABS with porch on tree HOWR D               New for 2007
4/28: 1 PW
5/6, 19: HOWR dummy, rmd
5/26, 6/2: nada
6/9: HOWR dummy
6/19, 22, 30, 7/14: nothing
E GILW E
48.58.451
71.57.226
TRES - F   4   1   0   3/24: PP
4/28: TRES perch, EPW, no nest
5/6: TRES
5/26, 6/2: 4 eggs
6/16: 2 unhatched eggs eggs, 1 med baby
6/22: mother on
6/30: unsuccessful? NO eggs or poop
F PETE NE
41.58.489
71.57.240
TRES S 5/25 4?   5   5   4/28: TRES perch, many PW
5/6: empty, 1 pw, added pad
5/19: TRES, no eggs
5/26: 2 eggs
6/2: 4 eggs
6/16: 5 babies, 1/3
6/22: 4 medium babies? 1 gaping
6/30: filthy nest, one large baby/adult
7/14: empty
G NABS SE
4158504
07157301
TRES S 5/19 4   3   3   3/24: PP
4/28: TRES pair, F inside
5/6: partial nest, EPW
5/19: 1 egg. no PW
5/26: 4 eggs?
6/16: 3 med. babies
6/22: 3 large
6/30; fledged
H GILWOOD
41.584.460
71.57.334
TRES S   6   3   3   4/28: TRES perch, few blades
5/6: feathers
5/19: 6 eggs, bluejay feather
5/26 - 2 eggs?
6/9: 3 med babies
6/16: very big
6/22: fledged, no blow fly
I NABS bark
4158431
07157287
TRES S 5/18 6   5   5   5/6: TRES
5/19: 2 eggs
6/2: 6 eggs
6/9: sitting
6/16: mid size babies
6/30: fledged
J NABS
retention
pond
41.58.486
71.57.370
TRES S   5 - only 1 on 6/2?       2   3/24: PP
4/28: lots of TRES, grass, feathers
5/6: added peppermint pad
5/19: 5 pink no PW
6/2 only 1 egg?
6/16: wouldn't budge
6/22: 4? medium
6/30: only 2
7/14: fldged, just a little poop
K
24F
NABS road
41.58.515
71.57.457
EABL S
HOWR D
  4 3     3  

4/22 EABL nest, complete
4/28: no eggs
5/19, 26: 3 babies, 1 unhatched eggs. Removed egg.
5/29: blue feathers visible - 13-14 days old?
6/2 babies still iln nest.
6/9: gone, lft nest
6/19 nothing, rmd nest
6/22: few sticks, rmd
6/30, 7/14: nothing
8/5: few sticks

L PETE
lower office
41.54.426
71.57.287
TRES - F
EABL S
  5
4
4
4
    0
4
  3/16: NA
3/24: claim pine needles, bob saw EABLs in
4/28: few blades, 1 PW
5/6: TRES
5/19: 5 eggs
5/26: broke one during monitoring
6/2: Nest empty
6/9: nest empty, rmd
6/19 empty
6/30: 4 EABL eggs
7/14: babies hatched, eyes slit
7/22: look ok
M GILWOOD
by entrance
41.58.523
71.57.491
EABL -F (no eggs)
BCCH S
5/22 6 4?     4   3/16: Piles of berry poop
3/24: more berry poop (1")
4/28: EABL nest, complete, no eggs, Leon saw perching
5/6: no eggs
5/19 nest seems abandoned, a feather a bit of moss BCCH? TRES?
5/26: 5 BCCH eggs. Nest only has fur over cup.
5/29: installed shiny wren guard. 7 attempts in 7 minutes. 6 eggs, female incubating.
6/3: incubating
6/9: 4 chicks, 1 egg,mom on
6/16: fledged? 3 big babies?
6/22: caused 1 to premature fledge, 3 others returned
6/30: fledged.
12 GILB
below corner
TRES S 6/02 4   4   3  

3/16: NA
4/22: Some nesting material - ?
4/28: empty
5/6, 19: bit of moss
5/26: Paper wasp nest started, soaped.
6/2: TRES, 1 egg. Moved from L?
6/9: 4 eggs
6/16: 4 babies
6/22: 3 TRES, 1 egg, remd
6/30: 3 TRES
7/6: 3 lg
7/14: fledged

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

YEAR # boxes EABL TRES BCCH HOWR/HOSP
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
2006 15. 1 pair EABL.
Attempts in all boxes except 1 paired Peterson.
4 nest attempts in 4 boxes. 18 eggs, 1 of which did not hatch, 17 bluebirds fledged. One nest taken over by HOWR, looks like pair moved to a different box. Looks like only one pair had two broods. First egg: Unknown

12 nest attempts in 12 boxes. 1 failed nesting. 6 dead chicks in two boxes (both NABS style) - boxes B & G. Both of these boxes had deaths last year also. Last year there were deaths in 4 boxes.

52 TRES eggs. 47 hatched, 37 fledged.

0 HOWR attempts in 3 boxes - one had three nestlings.
2007 18. Attempts in 16. 4 successful nestings in 4 boxes, 1 F (pre-egg?) due to HOSP, 18 eggs, 15 hatched, 14 fledged. 12 attempts in 12 boxes, 9 successful nestings, 62 eggs, ~36 hatched, 33 fledged. 1 succesful nesting, 6 eggs, 4 hatched and fledged 1 HOSP attempt (2 trapped), 2 boxes with HOWR sticks
TOTAL   39 160 4 0


03/16/07: Very cold and snowing. Bob reported seeing a flock of 8-10 EABLs on fence. Only checked boxes down below.
3/24: 63 degrees. Saw 1 male EABL. Few claim straws in box below. NO paperwasps! Trying "Peppermint patties (PP)" (nursing pad plus 2 drops organic peppermint oil) in every other box on top of landfill as wasp deterrent. Soaped/waxed others.
04/07: 42 degrees out. Saw one bluebird up top. Not a LICK of activity in any boxes, other than some poop in B, C, H and M. No paperwasps either.
4/22: Warm, sunny. Heard one or two male EABLs. Lots of TRES. Paperwasps in some boxes.
4/28: warm, sunny. Loads of TRES. Three bluebird nests! No eggs though. Some paperwasps (native except for one) in boxes, esp. those without nursing pads.
5/6: cold, reinjected nursing pads with peppermint oil and added pads to boxes with nests and paperwasps.
5/26: No paperwasps in boxes with pads! One nest in a Gilbertson without pads.
6/9: pouring rain, cold, didn't check all boxes.
7/22: 3 bluebirds hatched in nest up top, 1 dead (maybe 1 day?) smaller but not emaciated. A lot of blow fly, none on young. Young seemed listless, heads small.


    Checking on a bluebird trail is like opening one Christmas present after another.
    Each box has a surprise inside.
    - Helen S. Munro, The Lesson of the Bluebird, Bluebird Winter 2006

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