Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
Sialis - Bluebirds and other small cavity nesters
 
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Chimalis Trail Log 2009

Also see previous logs and annual reports on trails

ID Type 2003-2006
use/
attempts
Attempt # Species, & Fate
Clutch Size
# Nestlings
# Fledglings
NOTES
1Z PETE N (NABS in 2002-3)
15 Shaw S
Xmas tree field
41.56.511
072.04.380
2002, 2004: EABL
2005: EABL F and HOSP AND HOWR, 2006 & 7 & 8 TRES
TRES - 1st egg 05/6 5 eggs 5 babies   04/13: EPW. 04/15: TRES activity
4/21: a little grass
05/1: very little grass, TRES all around
5/9: 4 eggs
5/31: 5 babies
 

GILW N
front of 15 Shaw
Tree field PAIR >20 feet
41.56.30.95
72.04.23.60

2005: 3 HOSP F, 2 HOWR F, 2006 & 7 & 8 TRES
TRES dummy       04/13: TRES?
04/21: grass, NF
5/1: bigger nest
5/6: EPW, NE
5/9: NE
5/14: TRES nest, dummy, removed
5/20: EABL checking out
5/31: empty
34 PETE E
corner of Hansen field
41 56 30.89
72 04 25.06
New in 2006, TRES, 2007 TRES F
2008 HOWR F?
TRES       04/13: TRES?
05/6, 9: empty
5/11: EPW, no eggs
5/14, 31: NE

2
Z

NABS E (woods, plastic 2005)
Tree moved to 15 Shaw
lawn/brush

51.56.535
072.04.397
NESTCAM
2002?: TUTI
(wooden box). 2006 TUTI F, 2007 HOWR A
2008 TRES
HOWR 6 eggs    

NESTCAM
03/09: TUTI roosting, spooked it
3/26: back.
Saw BCCH chek. 4/21: empty
04/29: HOWR sticks. 5/21 rplc eggs refrig
See blog.

3
Z

NABS
Fence 15 shaw W
lawn 41.56.31.90
72.04.24.38
TRES
HOWR
2005: HOWR F HOSP F
4 eggs       4/21, 5/1: Nada
05/5: PW nest
5/14: 4 eggs

4
Z

NABS E
NW 15 Shaw
lawn
41.556.552
072.04.389

TRES
HOWR
HOSP
2005: BCCH S, HOWR F, 2006 TRES, 2007 TRES F, HOWR
2008 EABL

        4/21: EPW, a little grass
5/2: nada
5
Z
NABS N
15 Shaw SE
by wall
lawn/brush 41.56.518
072.04.349
TRES
HOWR
2005: TRES S, HOWR F, 2006 & 7 TRES
TRES       Rubicon? 5/1: nada, 5/5: PW nest
5/14: no feathers/eggs
  08/07 switched to NABS wooden with baffle            
66 GilFort installed 04/10   HOWR dummy       04/13: claim straw?
4/26, 5/2: nothing
05/5: some HOWR sticks
07-02Z Van Ert Trap Box
15 Shaw by house

41.56.31.62
72.04.22.54

New for 2007 BCCH
2008 TRES - nestcam
2010 walnut box

        4/21, 5/2, 5/5: empty
  Bo Villa (with porch inside) on tree 2008 TUTI F NE         4/21, 5/2, 5/5: empty
6
T
NABS N
Rogers - 171
Xmas tree field 41.56.30.11
72.04.19.16
TRES
HOSP
BCCH
2005: TRES S, 2006 & 7 TRES
2008 EABL F, TRES
TRES 5 eggs     04/21: empty
5/1: EPW, large TRES nest, stopped? Vaselined
6/3: 5 eggs
7
T
2-hole Mansion
Hansen - Lynn
Xmas tree field
SE41.56.480
072.04.365
EABL
HOSP
TRES
2005: HOSP F, TRES S , 2006 TRES
BCCH F
TRES - first egg 5/6?
5 eggs     04/13: BCCH start
04/15: no change
4/21: NE
5/1: taken over by TRES
5/6: no egg yet bare floor?
5/10: 5 TRES eggs. 5/21, 29: TRES sitting
8
T
NABS W, 2004 BB Love
Xmas tree field
41.56.467
072.04.460
TRES, 2006 & 7 & * TRES TRES -5 eggs 5 eggs 5 babies   04/13: some grass? EPW
04/21: TRES, no feathers
05/6: NE
5/14: 5 eggs. 5/29: 5 babies, 1 week?
33?

PETE E
Hansen in Xmas trees by stream
In 2010 changed to FLYING NUN

41.56.29.07
72.04.22.13

2005: EABL F, 2006 & 7 EABL
2008 TRES F
HOSP F
EABL - 1st egg 5/31
      3/17: nest start - HOSP or EABL.
3/27: must be HOSP, rmd
4/21, 5/2: nothing
05/6: some chickweed
5/31: EABL nest, 1 egg (pair from treehouse?)
6/3: still 1 egg, male singing
9
T
NABS
Barber N
field, W of treehouse 41.56.431
072.04.292
EABL
HOSP
2005: HOSP HOWR F, 2006 TRES, 2007 EABL F, TRES
2008 EABL F, HOWR F
EABL - 5 eggs, first egg 4/9, 5 hatched, 1 died. F
HOWR
      04/11 - 3 eggs, installed spooker and wren guard.
04/13: 3 eggs, first egg 4/09
5/1: all hatched, one newborn dead on bottom. Occas feed mealworms
05/6:all nestlings gone, HOWR building
5/18: HOWR nest, NE
5/31: rplc4HOWRe
10
T
NABS Freels E
Front Hansen - 198
WSW 41.56.486
072.04.427
2005: TRES S
2006 & 7 & 8: replace Freels
TRES 5 eggs     04/13, 21, 5/2: no activity other than TRES checking
05/6: NE. 5/10NF.
5/14: feathers, NE. 5/31: 5 eggs
11
Z
GILB E
15 Shaw, E
lawn 41.56.540
072.04.333

BCCH 2005: 2 EABL S
2008 TRES F, HOWR F

BCCH - first egg 4/18 8 eggs 8 hatched 8 babies? 4/21: BCCH 4 eggs
4/26, 5/1: 5 eggs, incubating, 5/5 incubating
5/9: 8 hatched
Fledged

GILW
15 Shaw back lawn by 4Z
41.56.31.81
72.04.23.83

See camblog

2005: TRES S, HOWR F, 2006 & 7 EABL, HOWR
2008 EABL
TRES - first egg 5/5       04/21 TRES? leaves and grass - weird, with feathers
5/1: TRES
5/5: 1st egg
12
J now 31

NABS, 2003
GILB 2006 SE
Johns by duck fence and brush
Was NABS
GILB 2006, HOWR F
W
41.56.24.79
72.04.20.71

NABS 2003: 1 HOWR F
1 HOWR S
2005: HOWR S
2006: GILB SE, 2007 BCCH
2008 BCCH
BCCH? TUTI?
HOSP?
      4/21: grass, cellophane, hair - TUTI?
04/28, 5/1: HOSP? NE.weird nest with trash, never finished, removed mid May
27J GWOOD, 2005 CARR E Johns by stone wall
GWood
N
41.56.24.78
72.04.21.77
2005 & 7: TRES S
2008 TRES F
TRES       5/31: sitting on
14C NABS E-S
Chapuis on tree
41.56.26.61
72.04.07.75
New box and moved
2008 WBNU
TUTI - first egg 04/20   5 babies? 5 fledged? 04/21: 2 eggs
04/29: TUTI incubating. Put on wren guard. Joe say red-bellied sticking head in box.
5/1: sitting on nest.
5/6: snaking. 5/24 guard removed, fledged
29C NABS SW
Chapuis back41.56.440
072.04.211
2005 and 2006: HOWR F, 2007 TUTI F, HOWR BCCH - first egg 04/29 6 eggs 6 babies? ? 04/21: a little moss
04/29: 1 egg. Added wren guard.
5/1: 3 eggs.
5/6: 6 eggs
29F

NABS
Chapuis feeder - S

HOWR 2005 and 6         REMOVED in 2010
? NABS TX box hanging from tree
new 2008 (moved in 2009 to Grassi)
  Mice F       4/1: green moss, several inches
4/21: lots of moss but no nest cup
5/1 - no activity, felt nestcup and found dead mouse
5/6: mouse, remvd moss?
5/10 more moss, mouse. 5/31: empty
07-04 Becki Zuern E
41.56.26.79
72.04.03.57
New for 2008
TUTI F
TUTI -first egg 4/21 7 eggs? ? 4 eggs left, from last year? Assume 3 4/1: wet, half finished TUTI box
4/21: 1 egg.
5/1: 7 eggs
5/21: becky heard babies
5/30: at least 1 fledged.
5/31: cleaned out box, 4 eggs left? from last year?
13R
30
302
NABS small S
2006: GILB S Tivnan
lawn
41.56.472
072.04.281
2005: HOSP F, TRES S, 2006 TRES, 2007 BCCH
TRES F
EABL 4 eggs     04/13: EPW. 5/1: empty
5/6: some grass/sticks
5/18: EABL nest, nNE
5/31: 4 eggs
07-03 SLOT E
by Duffy - Changed to NABS for 2008
41.56.28.67
72.04.16.04
2005: HOSP F, HOWR S, 2006 & 7 HOWR F
HOWR F
TRES 6 eggs     04/13: a little TRES
5/1: TRES
5/6: 1 egg?
5/31: 6 TRES eggs
16
T
PETE E
Behind treehouse 41.56.500
072.04.302
EABL
2005: TRES F, 2006 TRES
2007 EABL 2
2008 TRES F
TRES       04/21: empty
5/1: empty
5/6: nest, bluebird? moved mealworm feeder there
5/10: TRES? feathers
5/18: empty
5/31: 2 eggs
17L NABS E-S
E of treehouse
tree farm 41.56.392
07.04.266
EABL
2005 and 6: EABL S,
2008 TRES , EABL F, HOWR F
TRES       5/1: empty? i forget
5/6: ? TRES?
5/10: TRES, EPW, vaselined
5/21: TRES, NE
18L - Now 78 NABS small N
isolate tree farm, rplc with Tom Comfort X box in 2010
41.56.345
072.04.250,
TRES
2005: TUTI S, 2006 & 7 & 8 TRES
HOWR dummy       04/13: EPW
04/21: NPW
5/1, 5/6, 5/10: NPW
5/18, 31: a few sticks, removed
  NABS by cattails
41.56.21.41
72.04.13.87
2008 TUTI BCCH F
HOWR
      04/21: claim straw?
5/1: BCCH building, no eggs, installed wren guard - will it cause abandonment?
HOWR building
5/18: H3 HOWR-2,1eln. 5/31 rplcothers
  Novabird Cage box
tree farm E
41.56.19.57
72.04.12.26
Red Squirrel         04/21, 5/1-31: empty
26H - now 0708 NABS small E
Hosmer Chick
brush - put NABS next to it in 2007
2005: TRES F, HOWR F, 2007 Mouse
2008 HOWR F
TRES - first egg 5/9 5 eggs     04/21: TRES, NF
5/1: TRES more, feathers
5/10: TRES, 2 eggs
5/31: 5 eggs
19H PETE E PAIR
4156227
07243370
Hosmer S peninsula
wet grass, trees
TRES
2005: TRES S, TRES F, 2006 EABL, 2007 TRES
2008 EABL S
TRES - dummy       04/21: empty
04/23: NEST?
5/10: TRES dummy? NENF. 5/18: NENF
56 GILW E PAIR
peninsula, wet grass
New in 2006, TRES, 2007 EABL, HOWR A
2008 TRES F
TRES - first egg 5/8 ? 3 babies   04/21: TRES? EPW
5/1: TRES
5/10: 3 TRES eggs. 5/18: F on nest
5/31: e babies
21S PETE E
4156288
07204396
Hosmer Pair S
meadow PAIR
TRES
2005: EABL S, 2006 EABL, 2007 TRES & EABL
2008 HOSP F, HOWR F
TRES - first egg 5/7? 5 eggs 4 babies   04/21, 5/1: empty
5/10: 4 TRES eggs
5/18: 5 eggs
5/31: 4 babies
20 N
55
GILW N
4156292
07204396
Hosmer Pair N
meadow
2005 NABS: TRES S
Replaced
2006 & 7 & 8TRES
EABL F- 5 eggs, first egg 4/18. 4 hatched, then 2 babies died, 2 dead males found in box 5 eggs 4 hatched 0 04/21: 4 EABL eggs, no female, worms gone
5/1: 5 eggs, gave mealworms
5/10: dead male adult, 1 unhatched egg. Thorns in box. 1 baby dead. saw pair on box.
5/18: 2 dead babies, another dead male. Cleaned out box. Blowflies. 5/31 empty
0701 NABS, by Wrobel New in 2008 TUTI F
HOWR dummy
      04/21, 5/1: nada
5/18: HOWR nest on top of TUTI, no nest cup
5/31: dummy, removed
22H PETE E PAIR
4156349
07204415
John
TRES
2005: TRES S
2006 & 7 & 8: relc Johns TRES
TRES 5 eggs     04/21: empty
04/26: a little grass
5/1: TRES? HOSP?
5/11, 18: TRES - 5 eggs
32 GILB E 2006 PAIR
John/Hos pond
41.56.22.16
72.04.23.55
New 2006 NC TRES       04/21: TRES
5/18: EPW
23R NABS small E
Behind Hansen
lawn stream
41.56.466
062.04.462

BCCH 2005: BCCH S, HOWR F, 2006 BCCH 2, 2007 BCCH
2008 TRES

BCCH - first egg 4/19?, 6 eggs 6 babies   04/13BCCH start
04/21: 3 eggs?
5/1: 5 eggs
05/6: 6 eggs
5/10 6 babies
1
ZW

PETE E
Moved behind Hansen Lawn/stream
41.56.575
072.04.465

2005 and 6 and 7: TRES S
2008: EABL
EABL first 4/30 4 eggs     04/13: empty, TRES flying over
04/21: TRES
5/2: EABL - 3 eggs
05/4:4 eggs incubating. 5/18 - 4 eggs
25 FLYC W
on chimney 15 Shaw
41.56.31.87
72.04.22.92
New in 2006         Nothing
CARW in barn   New in 2009         04/21: empty
PUMA TRAP BOX See camblog EUST F          
Concrete Schwegler box handing from Z tree, new 2009 Nothing BCCH       04/10 - saw BCCh checking, empty
4/21: empty
05/2? 3 BCCH eggs? put up wren guard.
Lakehouse NABS           04/15, 5/1: empty
RV 29C NABS by RV E
41.56.33.17
72.04.21.98
New 2006. 2007 2008 HOWR F TUTI - first egg 4/21? 6 or 7 eggs     04/13: partial titmouse, no eggs
4/21: 1 egg
04/26: sitting on eggs
5/5: still sitting - 6 or 7 eggs? 1 lighter.
5/9: 2 hatched

NOTES:

  • Trapped about a dozen starlings this winter. No HOSP heard until first week of March. Bluebirds checking out boxes last week in Feb - female went inside two of them out in front. House finches checking out PUMA house first week in March.
  • Thought a HOSP was roosting in nestcam box by tree, as I saw white poop. Went out at night and spooked a TUTI. It didn't come back (or at least there is no new poop in box)
  • 3/15: caught a starling in the PUMA nestbox trap.
  • 03/16: first sunny day in a while - female HOSP checking out nestcam box by tree, starlings checking out GCFL box, heard a bluebird in Dirk's field with an unusual trill preceding warble, several chattering Carolina Wrens flew out of back of barn. Set up DRST, caught first male within minutes of it landing on top of trap. 2010 Total: 1 M.
  • 3/17: pair of HOSP seen by trap. Bright male bluebird (no partner) seen going into Gilwood in back.Hoardsd of grackles and cowbirds. In the evening, Doug and I checked about 20 boxes in Dirk's fields and our yard - one nest start in flying nun. A male blue followed us from Tivnan's to the back of Dirk's field, snooping. Heard multiple birds singing.
  • 3/18: Caught F and then M HOSP: 2M, 1F. Sharon got her first TRES in Eastford today. Male HOSP pestering HOFI couple building in PUMA condo. Inadvertently caught a TUTI in PUMA trap box.
  • 3/19: caught 1 M, lost a F from DRST. 3M, 1 F.
  • 3/20: starling caught in PUMA trap box.
  • 3/27: just got back. Pair of titmice checking out Gilwood in back yard, one slept in box by tree last night. Doug knocked over HOFI house...not sure they didn't leave. Nest in flying nun must have been HOSP - no additional work since caught pair. 4M, 2F
  • 3/30: cold and flooding - saw a very wet titmouse check out GCFL box - making a whistling tseet tseet noise. PUMA house knocked over, HOFI's surely gone.
  • 03/31: rain finally stopped. Saw pair of bluebirds checking out GCFL box, male stuck his head in but did not enter.
  • 4/1: starling in PUMA trap.
  • 4/7: HOSP keep coming, mostly males. 6M, 3F. Not much activity elsewhere other than noisy TRES. Last Friday saw a Titmouse picking up nesting material. At 8:53 saw a pair of titmice checking out GCFL on chimney, both went inside. Then one came up to the window and looked right at me and Mr.T. Starling in PUMA box. Have caught about 20 since late fall.
  • 04/10: F HOSP with female in trap
  • 04/11: F HOSP with female in trap. 6M, 5F.
  • 04/16: BCCH came into nestcam box, did cupping motion at 10:56. Trapped one EUST in PUMA box.
  • 04/17: 1 M, for 7M, 5F.
  • 04/27: Got an email yesterday from someone in Danbury who lost a bluebird nest to HOWR. Heard my first one in the backyard today.
  • 05/2: trapped 4M, 4F in Eastford.
  • 05/3: trapped 1M in DRST in yard. Eastford: 8, Trail, 8M, 5F.
  • 5/17: trapped 1 M, 9M, 5F. (Also caught 14 HOSP total in Eastford)
  • 5/25- 1M yesterday, 1today. 11M, 5F
  • 5/30: heard HOSP at Hogans. Caught M, 12M, 5F
  • 6/1: two males caught at Jenns. 14M, 5F.
  • 6/7: caught F, saw male, 14M, 6F

ANNUAL SUMMARIES - also see Landfill Trail (need to check these numbers)

YEAR # Boxes Boxes w/
succesful nests
EABL TRES BCCH TUTI HOWR HOSP Total fledged/
#blues/# per box
2002 4 4 1 nesting, 5 fledged 0 0 2 nestings, 10 fledged ? ? 15/5/2.66 fledge per box
2003 13 9 2 nesting, 1 F, 9 eggs, 8 hatched, 4 fledged X X X X 7 attempts in 5 boxes 29/4/2.23 fledge per box
2004 28 21 X X nestings 4 nestings, 2 successful, 18 eggs, 9 hatched and fledged 1 successful nesting, 6 fledged. 13 attempts in 9 boxes, 2 successful nestings with 6 fledged. 10 attempts in 6 boxes, all failed 114/26/4.07 fledge per box
2005 33 20 4 nest attempts in 3 boxes. 4 successful. Total of 20 eggs, 17 hatched, 17 fledged. First egg 4/21. 15 nest attempts in 13 boxes. 10 successful, nestings, ~79 eggs, ~49 hatched, ~41 fledged. DOUBLECHECK 2 nestings, 14 eggs, 13 hatched, 13 fledged 1 nesting, 6 eggs, 2 fledged. 15 attempts in 13 boxes, 6 fledged 9 attempts in 7 boxes, all failed. 79/17/2.39 fledge per box
2006 39 23 7 nestings, 3 second nestings 1 in a different box). First egg: 4/10, 36 eggs, 35 fledged 23 nest attempts in 23 boxes, 78 eggs, 64 hatched, 63 fledged 2 subsequent nestings in same box, 13 eggs, 11 hatched and fledged 3 attempts, 1 successful, 12 eggs, 6 hatched, 5 fledged 9 attempts, 1 successful, 9 eggs in 3 nests, 6 hatched in 2 nests, 5 fledged from one nest. 2 TRES nests removed by HOWR. Possibly 3 TRES eggs in a 3rd box lost. 3 HOWR eggs pecked by a HOWR. 1 nest - 5 TRES eggs probably lost to HOSP. Also possibly 3 TUTI eggs (nest abandoned)  
2007                  
2008                  

  • As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness.
    - Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1984

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