Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
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eggsChimalis Bluebird Trail 2004

See 2005 Chimalis Trail Log , 2005 Landfill Trail Log, 2004 Trail Report (results summarized, along with lessons learned) and 2003 Trail Activity.
28 boxes in 2004.

# Location Hole Face Type Box Date
Instl
2002 2003 2004
Occupant
Nest Date Eggs
#
1st
Egg
Hatch
#
Fledge
#
Fledge
Date
Notes

1

Z

15 Shaw S
Xmas tree field

41.56.511
072.04.380

NE

N

PETE

(NABS in 2002-2003)

2004 5 EABL

1 HOSP
Attempt

EABL-S

HOWR (D) F

4/3 5 4/20 5 on 5/7-8a
5
5/24

3/1 EUST attempt
3/23: EABL pair checking
4/3: Redneck male and female building-1" grass.
4/13: nest ~ 1/2 done
4/16: nest complete w/ cup
4/17: still no egg. confused by new box?
4/19: removed pair box
4/20: 1st egg. Installed spooker.
4/21: 2nd egg
4/22: 10:56 startled female on nest. 3rd egg.
4/24: 5th egg
4/25: no new egg, does not appear to be incubating.
5/7: all but one hatch?
5/8: all hatched
6/4: first day fledglings at feeder
6/21: HOWR adding sticks

1ZW

Moved behind Hansen Lawn/stream 5/15

41.56.575
072.04.465

E PETE 2004

HOSP - F

HOWR (D) - F

5/29?
0
4/30:To address TRES harrasing 1Z. Not taken. Saw pr blues on chickadee box behind hansens, moved it there.
nest of grass, then loose grass
6/1: HOSP seen, trapped M
6/5: removed HOSP egg
6/17: removed HOSP dummy nest
6/24: removed dummy nest.
10/17 roost

2

Z

Tree 15 Shaw
lawn/brush

51.56.535
072.04.397

E

NABS

replace
plastic NABS

2001 5 TUTI 0 EMPTY
0
Chewed by squirrel. Metal hole guard installed.
09/04: replaced rotting box with light plastic with screen

3

Z

Fence 15 shaw W
lawn

41.56.530
072.04.381

W NABS 2001 1 failed TRES 0

Red squirrel-F
HOWR - S
HOWR #2 (E) F

5/18? 6? 6/9? 3
3
6/24

3/1 pr C. wrens chattering.
3/4 removed red squirrel nest, install baffle
5/29 p 4 . oops
6/24, male chattering a lot, thought something wrong, caused prem fledging.
7/19 remv 3. remd nests daily.

4

Z

NW 15 Shaw
lawn

41.556.552
072.04.389

E NABS

2003
S

NA

4 TRES
5 HOWR

TRES - F
HOSP - F
HOSP - F
HOSP - F
HOSP - F
TRES - S

HOWR (E)-F

 

4/19 6 5/15 6
6?
6/21

3/1 pr. blue in and out. M large inverted V shaped red breast, F very gray
3/11 downy roosting
4/17: TRES fighting over it. Chd to Nuthatch box - no mono
4/19: grass and grey/white feathers
4/20 pair tres seen. Trapped M HOSP in box.
4/21: Trapped M HOSP in box.
4/22: trapped M in box.
4/23: TRES
5/4: nest not complete
5/13 still no egg
5/15: 1 egg
5/16: 2 eggs
5 eggs
6/21: done and cleaned.
7/1 removing nest constantly, 1 egg today
7/19 empty
8/8: downy roosting - 10/17

5
Z

15 Shaw SE
by wall
lawn/brush

41.56.518
072.04.349

N NABS 2002
E
NA 5 HOWR
1 TRES Attempt
TRES - S 4/30 5 5/12 5
5?
6/20

4/30: 1/2 finished nest
5/4: nest appears complete
5/12: 1st egg
5/15: 3eggs. Tried spooker on windy day, failed
5 eggs
6/21: cleaned out.
6/24: added grass to see if 2nd brood

6
T

Rogers - 171
Xmas tree field

41.56.487
072.04.345

N NABS 2003 NA 1 failed TRES, 3 HOSP attempt BCCH - S 5/1? 6 5/4 5/27?
5
6/17 5/4: completed chickadee nest (new since 4/30)
5/10: 6 eggs, female incubating?
5/27 hatched all but one?
5/28 no untched eggs
6/5: look big
6/10: 1 baby, 1 adult inside?
6/17: gone
6/18: cleaned out.
7
T

Stream
Hansen
Xmas tree field
SE

41.56.480
072.04.365

N

E

NABS 2003
E
NA

1 failed EABL
1 HOSP
attempt

TRES - S 4/21 6 5/9 5/27?
6
6/17 3/14 Pair seen checking out.
4/16 numerous TRES
4/21: some grass
5/4: nest appears complete
5/10: 2 eggs
5/13: 5 eggs, no female
5/15 incubatng
6/10: babies very large
6/17: babies had fledged, cleaned.
6/24: empty, added grass.
7/20: grass made into nest without cup - roosting? no eggs.
8
T

Irenes - 171
Xmas tree field

41.56.467
072.04.460

W NABS
2004: BB Love
2003 NA

4 EABL
2 EABL
attempt
1 HOSP attempt
1 BCCH
attempt

HOSP (2) - F

?
EMPTY
EABL -S

? 4 7/7 4

4

7/23

by 8/10 4/9: partial grass nest. 4/10 trapped MF, removed nest.
Nest in the ~ 3 weeks, grass and pine, no cup. Removed 5/15
7/6: egg with deep cut.
7/7: 1 egg. 4 laid total. Possibly female from 1Z and 9T back with redneck.
7/20: incubating
7/23: 4 hatched
7/25 put up mealie feeder.
7/26: mealies being eaten
7/27: babies healthy
8/8: birds feathered and speckled.
8/16: babies brought to mealworm feeder
28I

Irene's tree chick

41.56.438
072.04.295

NE Mod NABS 2004 N/A EMPTY
0
Chickadee guard
9
T

Barber N
field, W of treehouse

41.56.431
072.04.292

W NABS 2003 NA

5 TRES
1 HOWR attempt

1 HOSP - F
EABL - S
?5/26? 5 6/1 5

5

6/17

poss 7/2

Chewed by woodpecker?2/29: pair EABL checking out - dark female
3/7: something roosting--small, white breast. 4/10 1/2 HOSP nest.4/11 trapped M hosp.
4/17: Trapped male
4/18: saw TRES inside
4/21: TRES grass?
5/4: empty
5/27: partial nest. 5/29: nest complete. Paperwasp. Soaped
5/31: no egg
6/1: 1 egg, installed spooker
6/5: still 4 eggs
6/7: 5 eggs!
6/17: first baby hatching, others pipped. Never saw female on nest.
6/23: gaping babies.
7/? all fledged
7/20: some nesting material

10
T

Front Hansen - 198
WSW

41.56.486
072.04.427

S NABS 2003 NA

4 TRES
1 BCCH attempt
1 HOSP attempt
1 Bee

TRES - S 4/30 5/9
?5?
? Evidence of roosting. 2/14 - EABL checking out?
4/30: beginning of nest
5/4: nest cmplete?
5/10: 2 eggs
5/13: female on nest, wouldn't move
5/29: not hatched?
6/1: hatched and feathered
6/17: had fledged. Cleaned.
6/18: saw HOSP and redneck
11
Z

15 Shaw, E
lawn

41.56.540
072.04.333

E GILB 2003 NA   BCCH - F
HOWR (D?)
HOWR (E)- F
5/10 6 0
0
Evidence of roosting. 12/03 EABL checking out
3/11 nuthatch roosting
4/18 peckage in bottom, added woodchips
4/19: downy roosting.
4/30: peckage in floor. Added 1" chips
5/10: chips gone, some moss
5/13 BCCH? soaped for ants
5/15: no eggs
5? 6 eggs
5/30: dropped nest, all eggs broke
6/17: 1 stick, removed.
7/19: remvd 3e
10/17 roost
12
J
Johns by duck fence W NABS 2003 NA 2 BCCH HOWR (D)
0
5/6:emptied nest/moss - no activity 2 weeks. TRES checking.
5/12: some grass
6/17: removed HOWR dummy
27J Johns by stone wall E CARR 2003 NABS-HOSP, HOWR, BCCH attempts EMPTY
0
4/16: switched from PETE to Carrier
5/1: pair HOSP. Added mono. TRES checking
5/6: HOSP and TRES checking
5/27: soaped for paper wasp
14C

Chapuis on tree

41.56.436
062.04.227

E - S NABS 2002 TUTI TUTI TUTI - S 4/20 7 4/30? 6
6
4/20: nest 1/2 done
4/29: nest cmplete?
5/7:incubating
5/10: nest check, 7 eggs
5/30: 6 feathered
6/10: had fledged, cleaned box
29C

Chapuis back

41.56.440
072.04.211

SW NABS 2004

BCCH-F

HOWR (D)

4/18? 6 5/7 0
0
4/17: installed.
4/18-19 BCCH seen
5/10: 4 eggs
5/15: 6 eggs, incubating
5/30: no eggs.
6/3: HOWR removing nest
6/10: HOWR dummy nest (loose, removed)
6/17: HOWR dummy again, left
10/17 roosting
13R

Rogers/Labonte/
Tivnan lawn

41.56.472
072.04.281

S small
NABS
2004 NA NA TRES - S
HOSP - F
HOWR - F
HOSP- F
5/7?
?
5?? 5/13
5?

Small cedar instlled 3/7
4/17: pair TRES perching
5/7: partial BCCH, HOSP on top?
5/10: HOSP or TRES?
5/13: 1 egg
5/15: 3 eggs.
6/21 or 22: fledged, left nest
6/24: top poop layer removed, new feathers?
6/27 no activity, cleaned
7/20: HOSP nest on top of sticks, babies hatched.
7/28: removed 4 HOSP nestlings, trapped M, F, 2 fledg
10/17 downy roost

16
T

Behind treehouse

41.56.500
072.04.302

E PETE 2004 EABL - S
EABL #2 - S
? Complete by 4/10 4

5

4/13

?

3 on 4/30

7/16

4

5

due to fledge 5/18 or 19?

Batch #2 due to fledge c. 8/2

4/10: Complete grass nest, deep cup, Dirk saw EABLS?
4/11 no egg
4/13: first egg!
4/14: 2 eggs. Installed spooker.
4/15: 3 eggs
4/17: 4 eggs. Should hatch 4/28-30, fledge May 16?
4/18: ate mealies
4/29 not hatched
4/30: 2 or 3 hatched
5/4: removed unhatched eggs
5/10: removed full blow flies
5/13: many blow flies. Big, 2 males? Not eating mealies.
5/16: moved feeder
5/27: few blades of grass, hornet, soaped
6/24: empty
7/6 5 eggs. Pair from 17L?
7/27: replaced nest. More than 100 blow flies.
10/17 roost

17L

E of treehouse
tree farm

41.56.392
07.04.266

E-S NABS 2004 EABL - S ? 4 6/8 3
3
due to fledge 6/27.28
Fledged 6/23? - day 16. (nest empty, parents taking mealies to trees)
4/14 grass -?removed. Hole guard, no mono
5/29: 4 eggs. Female not sitting.
5/30: soaped, tried spooker, didn't accept. female not sitting
5/31: female sitting
6/8: 3 of 4 hatched, unhatched eggs egg removed on not viable.
6/23 fledged. cleaned.
6/24: empty
10/17 roost
18L

isolate tree farm

41.56.345
072.04.250

N Small NABS 2004     TRES - S 6
6
  5/10: TRES? all pine.
5/13-15: no eggs
5/27: 5 eggs
6 eggs
6/21: saw head poking out
6/27 fledged, cleaned out
26H

Hosmer Chick
brush

E Small boyscout 2004     ?        
  Chickadee guard
19H Hosmer S peninsula
wet grass, trees
E PETE 2004 TRES - S
TRES #2 - S
4/24
6/23

6
4

5/11
6
4 ~ 7/15

6

4

4 No mono
4/24: 1" grass nest
5/12: 2 eggs
6/21: removed nest - no poop?
6/22: added grass
6/24: both parents inside, nest w/ 1 egg
6/27: 4 eggs
7/21: 4 babies fine. Changed out nest. More fluff on birds than 21S. Changed out nest.
7/27: babies are big.
7/29: babies still there
7/31: had fledged, poop by do0r
21S Hosmer Pair S
meadow
E PETE 2004 TRES - S
TRES #2 - S
?
6/21
5
4
5/10 6?
4 ~ 7/14 or 15

6?

2?

before 7/27 no mono
5/12: 3 eggs
6/1: babies huge
6/21: new nest with one egg! poopage on door?
6/22: 2 eggs
6/24: saw parents
6/27 4 eggs, many birds swarming
7/21: 1 bird missing, 1 dead,flattened, no eyes, maggots. No evidence of excess blow flies. Changed out nest.
7/22: babies okay
7/27: babies gone - poop in nest and near hole. Too early?
21H? 20 N? Hosmer Pair N
meadow
N NABS 2004 HOSP-F 6
0
5/6: TRES perching. empty
5/27: removed HOSP nest and 6 eggs, trapped M
22H Hosmer/Roeble E PETE 2004     TRES - S 5/6 6 5/12
6
6/21 4/29: TRES hanging
5/6: nest appears complete
5/12: first egg
6/21: gone, poopage. Cleaned.
6/27 1 white feather, no grass
23R

Behind Hansen
lawn stream

41.56.466
062.04.462

E Small
NABS
2004     BCCH - S
HOWR (D)
5/14 6 4
4
  Small cedar
5/15: BCCH, 2 eggs, blues sitting
5/27: broke one egg
5/31: 3 hatched.
6/1: 1 egg not hatched - removed that afternoon
6/17: had not fledged
6/24 gone, nest removed - HOSP?
7/20 remv HOWR dummy
24F LF E NABS 2004     TRES - S        
?5?
  6/27 - had fledged
25F LF E NABS 2004     TRES - S        
?5?
  6/27 - 3 big babies left, maybe scared 1-2 out
41.56.529
072.04.345
SW NABS PMCA Trap Box HOWR - S
HOWR - F
3
Got in through hole. ~ 3 hatch. Attempted 2nd brood

 

YEAR
/#boxes
Nesting Attempts # land-
owners
Boxes w/successful nests Successful
nestings
Fledgings

EABL
boxes/
fledge

TRES TUTI BCCH HOWR HOSP Attempts
boxes/
nests
HOWR
boxes/nests/
S/eggsF/
Dummy
2002/4 ? 2 4/4 3 15 1/5 F ~10 0 0 ? ?
2003/13 20 4 9/13 8 29 2/4 13 ~5 2 9 5/7 3/2/0/2
2004/28* 48 7 21 24 114 6/26 13/67? 1/6 4/9 2/6 6/10 9/13/2S/3e/6

Key:
Attempt = nest/egg laying, no eggs hatched or nestlings died
BCCH = Black-capped Chickadee
EABL = Eastern Bluebird
F = Failed
GIL = Gilbertson style box
HOWR = House Wren
NA = Not Applicable
NABS = North American Bluebird Society style box
PETE = Peterson style box
TRES = Tree Swallow
TUTM = Tufted Titmouse
S = Successful (birds fledged)
* - one box used by HOWR (no number) was a PMCA trap boxb

NOTES:
Boxes All boxes except 12 and 14 have black duct tape pseudo-hole on roof.
Boxes 2-10 have monofilament.
As of 3/10, all boxes except PETE and GILB have metal hole guards installed.

Property owners: Zimmerman (4), Hosmer (4), Labonte (1), Chapuis (2), John (2), Landfill (2), Hansen has the rest on 2 parcels.

MAP

2004 Activity Log:
?: saw blues checking out box 9
3/1: saw first blue at mealworm feeder, pair checking out box 4.
3/14: saw bluebirds checking out box 7.
3/15: saw first pair of HOSP near box 2.
3/24: pair of bluebirds checking out box 1 and 7.
3/27: downy still roosting in box 4. Added wood shavings. Next day in nest cup shape.
3/31: TRES spotted in Western MA
4/04: 3-4 blues seen fighting over box 1. One pair (redneck male) has begun nesting.
4/8-9: nestbuilding continues. Male HOSP momentarily trapped female in box. TRES seen on 4/8, looking at box by stream and #1.
4/10: No EABL activity in #1. TRES reluctantly entered #1. Put up Bluebird Love paired box.
4/11: EABL pair seen by #1.
4/12: first EABL egg.
4/13: 10-14 swallows swarming Box #1 and 7. Male HOSP entered box #1. Removed black spot from #1, put it on 1-b. Taught blues to eat mealies by placing on roof, then pink bowl. Next day eating out of feeder.
4/16: Put up 2 boxes (Finch, NABS) at LF. Replaced John's PETE box with Carrier Slant box and moved PETE by nesting EABL #1.
4/18: lots of TRES activity, checking Rogers, back lawn, by stream, by treehouse.
4/30: First hummingbird and barn swallow.
6/8: Female by house not seen in about 2 weeks. Only 3 babies seen today. TRES divebombing male defending empty box.


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