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Warbler Watchers on the Move
BERRY HAS ARRIVED – During the NestCheck, several nests were found in varying degrees of completion and he was heard, but not spotted (yet). The NestCheck takes several hours to complete because the nests are scattered all over the bog and you stop to take a look around for a number of reasons. One, of course, is to look for Berry. But, we also stop to look and admire the other types of birds visiting, the condition of the bog & plants growing and just to admire the beauty! You never know when you might see an Eagle or Osprey fly overhead.
So anticipating spotting him because there are nests and he was heard, but after walking all over the bog and not seeing him a little disappointment sets in. Heading for the dock ready to call it a day and there he is. He came in close, within 3 feet, and paused for a few minutes, as if to say “Hello, nice to see you…….I’m back!!
During the inspection two boxes were found to have complete nests and quite a few are under construction. When the nest is complete there is an obvious ‘cup’ in the center where the eggs are laid. Berry was heard but not seen this trip.
During this NestCheck not much had changed in the boxes, however Berry was definitely spotted. Our “Berry and His Babes” group volunteer Susan Wasmund was able to capture some beautiful pictures of 6 warblers. (pics shown)
EGGS – Three nests were found to be complete. One of those nests has a newly laid Prothonatary Warbler egg and Berry was spotted as well as heard. We specified that it is a warbler egg because we also have Tree Swallows that build nests in the boxes. The Tree Swallows are not a threat to the warblers and are somewhat of a companion bird in that they are a cavity nesting bird also. We have lots of boxes and we don’t mind, we expect it. That being said, we also have 3 Tree Swallow nests, each with eggs. Tree Swallows love to gather feathers and incorporate them into their nests making it a little difficult to count eggs. We just told you about the Swallows that we expect, however, we have a nest (# 14) with eggs in it that could possibly be from a Carolina Wren. One was spotted leaving the nest box. Normally we discourage wrens from building their nests which are made from twigs by removing the twigs when they are found. We never disturb eggs in a nest box.
During this NestCheck 4 complete nests were found as well as 3 under construction. Now we have 4 eggs in the box that had just one (#4) and 2 more eggs in another box (# 3) for a total of 6. Yeah.
Wow nine eggs now and we have 5 complete nests! We now have 4 eggs in # 3 and 5 eggs in # 4. Berry was heard and seen all over. This is starting out to be a great year with our conservation effort.
We now have 9 Prothonatary Warbler eggs. Three new eggs were discovered in nest box # 1 and there are 2 more complete nests. Berry was heard all over and spotted coming out of a nest box. That particular box was empty, but perhaps not for long. This breeding season is off to a great start!
Other types of birds that have been spotted on the bog or flying over: Eagle, Yellow Warbler, Common Grackle, Tree Swallows, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Red Winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Osprey, Carolina Wren, Great Blue Heron, Canadian Geese, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Blackpoll Warbler, Northern Flicker, Blue grey Gnatcatcher, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Chickadee, Killdeer and Eastern Kingbird, Boat tail Grackle, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Robin, Blue Jay, Mallard, Palm Warbler, Cardinal.
Berry has arrived, to spend the summer of 2016 on Cranberry Bog.
4729 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008.
Warblers Flourish on the Bog
OSU Professor Dr. Chris Tonra