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Hill Trailette Log 2010

See description of Hill Trail and aerial photo, and photos from 2007 | 2008 log | 2009 log.
Also see other trail logs. This is an experimental trail in a HOSP infested area where I am not trapping.
In 2009, two new single holed pole mounted boxes were added at Roseland Cottage.

SUMMARY OF ANNUAL RESULTS - Number of Nests
YEAR # boxes EABL WBNU TRES BCCH HOSP TUTI HOWR FS

2006 (one-hole only)

7
0
? possibly 1 or 2
0
6 or 7+?
0
0
0
2007 (two-hole hanging only)
4
1 nest - 2 fledged
0
0
multiple nests- 0 fledged
2 nests - 2 eggs - 0 fledged
0
0
2008 (two-hole hanging only)
4
1 nest - 7 nestlings
1 nest - 6 eggs, F
2 rmvd 1 using
2008 (one hole pole mount)
8
3 nests: 14 fledged
2 nests, 7 nestlings F
1 nesting with eggs F
2009:                  

KEY
BCCH = Black-capped Chickadee
EABL = Eastern Bluebird
FS = Flying Squirrel

HOSP = House Sparrow
NABS = NABs style nestbox
PETE = Peterson style nestbox
PW=paper wasp
SLOT = Slot style entrance on nestbox
TRES = Tree Swallow


2010 Trail Log
ID Type 2008 Attempt #, Species, Fate 2009 2010 Notes
H-9 Two-hole mansion
Moved on 5/19.
Maple Tree
Flying Squirrel Flying Squirrel   3/26 - older looking flying squirrel nest, removed (no animal inside).
04/08, 04/12, /15, 24, 5/2, 5/20: empty
H-10

Two-hole mansion

TUTI F
HOWR F
MISSING
  In winter of 2008, moved to another location 1/2 mile down the road. with partial Plexiglas back under roof.
H-11

Two-hole mansion
Maple Tree

Partial Plexiglas roof on this box

 

Flying Squirrel - nest removed by someone.

4/20: WBNU, 7 eggs on 5/3, fledge by 6/12.

WBNU
  3/26: empty. Not checked 04/08.
04/12: a few pieces of bark. Paperwasps building on nut on roof, vaselined.
04/23: no real change - just some bark on floor/ Abandoned?
H-13 Two-hole mansion, large overhanging roof, POLE mounted New for 2009 See below See below See below
H-12

Two-hole mansion
Maple Tree
Stained gray

 

HOWR dummy, nuts from flying squirrel?

TUTI - 8 eggs, first egg 4/13?
5/10: 5 TUTI, medium size
5/20: 1 left
5/29: 5 fledged
HOWR F

3/19: vacant. NOTE: This box was moved to Palmer Hall in the late fall of 2009.
04/08: Large TUTI nest, no nest cup yet
04/15: 3 TUTI eggs, 2 very light, not much fur in cup.
04/23: EIGHT eggs! Titmouse was incubating. Added small wren guard, accepted in 2 minutes (fluttered initially, perched, then flew under.)
5/2: incubating
5/20: 1 baby left
5/29, fledged, emptied box (some sticks)

NOTES:

  • Lots of HOSP coming out of boxes by Inn. I tried no trapping - just removal of nests and eggs, in the first 3 years as an experiment. I'd say it was a failure - this was the least productive trail I have anywhere. In 2010, I'm trapping.
NOTE: THE LOG BELOW and drawing SHOW USE OF THE TRAIL BEFORE AND AFTER TWO-HOLE HANGING MANSIONS WERE INSTALLED
Hill Trail, box layout
ID Type 2008 (Opened by unknown party) 2009 2010 2010 Notes
1 NABS - replaced with Two hole Mansion, pole mounted in 2009, roof int.painted gray HOSP F
HOWR F
Mouse HOWR

04/08, 12: vacant. 04/15: 1 small stick. 5/2: vacant. No PW. 5/10: HOWR, removed.
5/20: HOWR nest, 2erln

2 SLOT EABL S - 4 fledglings HOSP HOSP? TRES? 3/26: start of HOSP nest, 04/08, not much more, left
04/12: TRES perched
04/15, 5/1: no change, TRES?
5/20: no activity, removed nest
3 NABS with fishing line HOSP, 18 eggs HOSP F
TRES - 5 eggs
  04/08: looks like HOSP nest start, left, 04/15, no change
04/23: TRES? flying around, perching. Added mono.
5/1: TRES, no feathers.
5/3: feathers. Eggs probably coming soon!
5/20: TRES - 5 eggs
4 NABS. Replaced with X-box 03/26/2010 with Chuck Musser monofilament contraption BCCH F
HOSP, 4 eggs
EABL S
EABL start?
HOSP
BCCH F
HOSP F - trapped 1M
BCCH - eggs - first one 04/30. - 5 to 6 hatched, 1 egg didn't
04/08: vacant
04/12: BCCH start
04/15: saw male HOSP exit. Tried to trap, NG. Put up Chuck's mono contraption.
04/23: HOSP building despite Chuck's contraption, male in box. Trapped with Vanert, nest removed. Removed nesting material.Put up Musser's contraption.
5/1: BCCH is back! 2 eggs!
5/3: 5 eggs.
5/20: 5-6 babies, 1 egg unhatched, brooding
5 NABS BCCH
7 eggs, 7 nestlings - F
HOSP F - 2 eggs so far
HOSP
HOWR
HOSP F - trapped 1 F, remv 1 egg. 04/08: looks like HOSP nest start, left
04/15: HOSP, tried to trap, NG
04/23: HOSP in box, flew out. Trapped male. removed nest.
5/1: HOSP back. Set up trap - got 1F. (1 egg)
5/10-20: empty
6 NABS - Mono on either side of entrance hole. HOSP EABL F - 5 eggs, unknw hatched, all dead, apparently from HOSP attack HOSP F
TRES
04/12, 23: HOSP start, left
5/1: unable to trap it. 5/10: old HOSP nest removed.
5/20: TRES on eggs
7 NABS EABL: 6 eggs, 6 fledglings Mouse?
EABL start? 1 unhatched egg.
EABL - First egg 04/10 5 eggs, 4 eggs - 2 unhatched, 2 fledged 04/08: EABL nest, no eggs, paperwasps (used vaseline)
04/12: 3 eggs, tight sitter is back, added spooker.
04/15, 4/23: 5 eggs, incubating
5/1: 4 hatched, 1 egg, female chattering
5/3: Uhoh, my notes may be wrong. 2 eggs unhatched, 2 babies.
5/10: 2 babies
5/20: gone, rmd nest wet ick
7X NABS EABL S - 4 fledglings     Upside down, not monitored (not my box) in 2009 or 2010
8 Troyer - Roseland Cottage - SE see Roseland Log      
9 NABS w PETE hole - Roseland Cottage - E see Roseland Log      
Hill trail.

Notes:

  • 03/19: checked pole mounted boxes. All vacant on hill. No HOSP starts yet, but heard HOSP to east.
  • 04/23: trapped 2 males in 4 and 5. Saw Tree Swallows around.
  • Trapping as of 5/1: 2M earlier, 1F today (from #5), 1 egg.

    When we try to pick out anything by itself in nature we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
    - John Muir

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