Category Archives: Songbirds

Bluebird Data Collection

I went with a friend yesterday who is volunteering with Audubon SC on a project that is monitoring about a dozen Bluebird nest boxes. This was her first stop, where we saw a Carolina Wren peaking out of the box.

Blue Bird Box with Carolina Wren
Blue Bird Box with Carolina Wren

The process is for her to tap the side of the nest box so any adult present flies off, open the box, take a quick photo in the nest with cell phone, then close it back up and retreat. There were five eggs nestled down inside. The boxes get checked once or twice a week until just before the time the chicks are expected to hatch.

Blue Bird Box with Carolina Wren Nest
Blue Bird Box with Carolina Wren Nest

A closer look at the nest shows detail of the variety of nest material around what turned out to be five eggs.

Blue Bird Box with Carolina Wren Nest
Blue Bird Box with Carolina Wren Nest

Most of the boxes were not in use, but a couple of the others had Bluebird eggs. Bluebirds often have multiple broods so the boxes may already have been used this year and may be again.

May 29, 2023

White-eyed Vireo Building A Nest

I happened upon a pair of White-eyed Vireos today that were working diligently on their nest. It would be fascinating to know how long it took them to get this far. (All About Birds says it takes 3-5 days to complete.)

White-eyed Vireo Building Nest
White-eyed Vireo Building Nest

They brought all sorts of little bits and took turns working them down into the bowl of the nest.

White-eyed Vireo Building Nest
White-eyed Vireo Building Nest

One of them got right down in there, presumably smoothing out the interior.

White-eyed Vireo Building Nest
White-eyed Vireo Building Nest

A lot of the pieces looked like shredded leaf or lichen.

White-eyed Vireo Building Nest
White-eyed Vireo Building Nest

They were flying into the woods and on most trips landed in this nearby tree…

White-eyed Vireo Building Nest
White-eyed Vireo Building Nest

before zipping to the nest.

White-eyed Vireo Building Nest
White-eyed Vireo Building Nest

March 21, 2023

I saw a White-eyed Vireo nest one other time, in June 2020. You can see that post at White-eyed Vireo on Nest