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Ok, Blue Bird fans, it’s Week #17 update time for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Bird Program in the city of Long Beach, on the 45-acre campus of the South Mississippi Regional Center!

So, here is what ‘Master Naturalist’ buddy John and I found today, June 27, 2008, walking around campus during a Friday morning, taking the Blue Bird Trail nesting survey.

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There are dozens of gray squirrels on the SMRC Campus.

Here are this week’s Survey results:

Box #1- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Box #2- 3 Blue Bird babies. – Last week: 3 Blue Bird babies, 2 Blue Bird eggs.

Box #3- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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Another campus gray squirrel.

Box #4- 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 5 Blue Bird eggs.

Box #5- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Box #6- 3 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: New Blue Bird nest, 1 Blue Bird egg.

Box #7- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: 4 Blue Bird babies flew the nest on Friday afternoon.

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The Killdeer babies on the campus have really grown during the past week, and almost look like their parents now.

Box #8- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Box #9- 4 Blue Bird babies flew the nest. – Last week: 4 Blue Bird babies.

Box #10- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Box #11- Few old straw. – Last week: Few straw, no activity.

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One of the Killdeer parents is always near the babies.

Box #12- 5 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: e Blue Bird eggs.

Box #13- Empty Nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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During the past several days, ‘pop-up’ thunderstorms have been very common on the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, and yesterday, provided a very heavy rain storm over the SMRC Campus.

Totals This Week: 12 Blue Bird eggs, 3 Blue Bird babies, 4 Blue Bird babies flew the nest, 0 sterile eggs,
7 empty nesting boxes, 3 Killdeer babies.

Totals Last Week: 12 Blue Bird eggs, 7 Blue Bird babies, 0 Sterile eggs, 7 empty nesting boxes, 4 Blue Bird babies flew the nest, 3 Killdeer babies.

Master Naturalist buddy John continues to be very enthused about the activity, and reports that during the last 17 weeks of the program, 36 Blue Bird babies and 6 Chickadee babies have flown from their nests, and we also have 3 Killdeer babies who have left their ground nest in one of the grassy areas on campus, and have joined their parents in feeding on the ground, during this first season of the new Blue Bird Trail.

The weather today was partly cloudy, light wind and about 88 degrees.

Another update will be along next weekend.

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It’s Week #11 update time for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Bird Program folks! So, here is what ‘Master Naturalist’ buddy John and I found today, May 16, 2008, slogging around campus in the pouring rain (we are so dedicated!), in our Friday morning Blue Bird nesting survey:

Box #1- At least 4 Blue Bird babies. – Last week: 4 & possibly 5 Blue Bird babies.

Box #2- New Blue Bird nest. – Last week: Blue Bird nest still under construction.

Box #3- Empty box, no activity. – Last week: Empty box, no activity.

Box #4- Mama Blue Bird sitting on 5 eggs. – Last week: 5 new Blue Bird eggs.

Box #5- Empty box, no activity. – Last week: Empty box, no activity.

Box #6- 5 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 4 new Blue Bird eggs.

Box #7- Full Blue Bird nest. – Last week: Some straw in box.

Box #8- Empty box, no activity. – Last week: 4 Blue Bird babies flew from nest; 1 sterile egg, cleaned box.

Box #9- Empty box, no activity. – Last week: Removed nest, cleaned box.

Box #10- Empty box, no activity. – Last week: 2 Blue Bird babies flew from nest; 3 sterile eggs, cleaned box.

Box #11- 6 Chickadee babies flew the nesting box, cleaned box. – Last week: 6 large Chickadee babies.

Box #12- Empty box, no activity. – Last week: Empty box, no activity.

Box #13- 5 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 3 new Blue Bird eggs.

Totals This Week (May 16, 2008):15 Blue Bird eggs, 4 Blue Bird babies, 6 Chickadee babies flew the nest, 6 empty nesting boxes.

Totals Last Week (May 9, 2008): 12 Blue Bird eggs, 1 sterile Blue Bird egg, 5 Blue Bird babies, 6 Chickadee babies.

Master Naturalist buddy John is very enthused about the activity, and says that having nests in 11 of 13 nesting boxes is a great start to the first season of the new Blue Bird Trail. Completing the survey this week was a real challenge, with heavy rains falling all morning on the Mississippi coast.

Another update will be along next weekend.

Happy Birding!

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Six Growing Chickadee babies

It’s Week #10 Mississippi Blue Bird Update time, folks! So, here is what Naturalist buddy John and I found today, May 9, 2008, in our Friday morning Blue Bird nesting survey:

Image: Nesting Box #11 – 6 growing Chickadee babies

Box #1- 4 & possibly 5 Blue Bird babies. – Last week: 5 Blue Bird eggs.

Box #2- Blue Bird nest still under construction. – Last week: Second Blue Bird nest under construction.

Box #4- 5 new Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: Blue Bird nest built – 2 Blue Bird eggs.

Box #6- 4 new Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 5 Blue Bird eggs missing; preditor problem.

Box #8- 4 Blue Bird babies flew from nest; 1 sterile egg. – Last week: 5 Blue Bird babies almost ready to fly.

Box #10- 2 Blue Bird babies flew from nest; 3 sterile eggs. – Last week: 2 Blue Bird babies almost ready to fly.

Box #11- 6 large Chickadee babies. – Last week: 6 new Chickadee babies.

Box #13- 3 new Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: New Blue Bird nest under construction.

Totals This Week (May 9, 2008): 12 Blue Bird eggs, 1 sterile Blue Bird egg, 5 Blue Bird babies, 6 Chickadee babies.

Totals Last Week (May 2, 2008): 7 Blue Bird eggs, 5 missing eggs, 7 Blue Bird babies, 6 Chickadee babies.

Another update will be along next weekend.

Happy Birding!

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