Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS)

Established in 1968 – A Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970

Leatherstocking nest box report for June 4, 2013

Boxes inspected on June 4, 2013 by John Davis.

Boxes 1 and 2 near Golf Maintenance Building. Boxes 3 and 4 southwest corner of upper golf course. Boxes 5 and 6 northeast corner of upper golf course. Boxes 7 and 8 in depression north of road leading to club house, boxes 9 and 10 east of the highway, across from the Farmers’ Museum Maintenance Building.

Box 1. A bluebird flew out. Four bluebird eggs (see photo). Also hundreds of tiny ants in the nest. (Two weeks ago there was an empty nest      with some feathers. So bluebirds have apparently usurped tree swallows -unusual!
Box 2. Still empty

Box 3. Still empty.
Box 4. Four Tree Swallow eggs; last week there were six. No Tree Swallows around. So nest is probably abandoned.
Box 5. Tree Swallow nestlings. Difficult to count. Photo shows one of them.
Box 6. Bluebirds have fledged leaving two mid-sized corpses. (Two weeks ago there were four nestlings.)
Box 7. Empty except again an active wasps’ nest. Removed.

Box 8. As in box 5,Tree Swallow nestlings not accurately counted and unable to get a good photo.
Box 9. Tree Swallow perched on box and several Tree Swallows flying around near the box. Tree Swallow on the nest with at least three eggs,      so box quickly closed.
Box 10. Two bluebird eggs in nest. No bluebirds seen. Two weeks ago there were five bluebird eggs. Nest may be abandoned.
SUMMARY: A confusing picture with “success” measured by fledging of two bluebirds and continuing Tree Swallow nesting. But apparent abandonment of a Tree Swallow nest and a Bluebird nest. Also ants in an active Bluebird nest worrisome re possible danger to nestling survival. Will re-check in one week. 
Golfers, please feel free to watch and enjoy the nesting activity, staying at least 50 feet from the boxes. 
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