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Ok, Blue Bird fans, we’re near the end of the Blue Bird mating season here, and it’s Week #20 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!

Here is what ‘Master Naturalist’ buddy John and I found today, July 18, 2008, walking around campus during a Friday morning, taking the Blue Bird Trail nesting survey.

Here are this week’s Survey results:

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Master Naturalist Buddy John checks one of the SMRC Blue Bird Trail nesting boxes Friday morning during the weekly survey.

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

Box #2- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: 3 Blue Bird babies flew from the nest.

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Nesting box #12 has 5 fast-growing “bauble-heads,” as Master Naturalist Buddy John calls the Blue Bird babies. These guys will be flying the nest before the survey next Friday.

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

Box #4- 1 Blue Bird baby flew the nest. – Last week: 1 Blue Bird baby, 3 sterile Blue Bird eggs.

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

Box #6- 1 Blue Bird egg missing, 3 sterile Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 4 Blue Bird eggs.

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The juvenile Killdeers are still growing and almost the size of the adult parents.

Box #7- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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

Box #9- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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The second juvenile Killdeer.

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

Box #11- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Few old straw, no new activity.

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An adult Mockingbird alertly guards her nest in one of the trees on the SMRC Campus.

Box #12- 5 large Blue Bird babies. – Last week: 5 new Blue Bird babies.

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

Totals This Week: 5 Blue Bird babies, 1 Blue Bird baby flew the nest, 1 Blue Bird egg missing (predator), 6 sterile Blue Bird eggs, 10 empty nesting boxes.

Totals Last Week: 4 Blue Bird eggs, 6 Blue Bird babies, 9 Empty nesting boxes, 3 Blue Birds flew from the nest, 2 Killdeer babies (one baby and one parent have disappeared, perhaps to a nearby area).

Master Naturalist buddy John continues to be very enthused about the activity, and reports that during the last 19 weeks of the program, 40 Blue Bird babies and 6 Chickadee babies have flown from their nests, and we also have 2 of the original 3 Killdeer babies left 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, humid and about 93 degrees.

Another update will be along next weekend. Have a great Weekend!

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Here are the results from the Wild Flower identification contest in last week’s survey results:

Wild Flower #1 – below: Common Name: Orange Milkwort, Orange Candy Root.

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Here’s a closer view of Wild Flower #1 – below: Orange Milkwort, Orange Candy Root.

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Wild Flower #2 – below: *Note: This flower starts out as a purple color and fades to the white it is here. Common Name: Meadow Beauty.

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Wild Flower #3: Common Name: Spiderwort.

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Wild Flower #4 – below: Common Name: Rose Purslane.

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Here is a closer view of Wild Flower #4 – below: Common Name: Rose Purslane.

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Here is Wild Flower #5 – below: Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis.

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Congratulations to Carissa at Good and Crazy for having the most correct wild flower names!

Thanks to those of you who ventured guesses on the names!

Another Survey next week!

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Ok, Blue Bird fans, we’re near the end of the Blue Bird mating season here, and it’s Week #19 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!

Here is what ‘Master Naturalist’ buddy John and I found today, July 11, 2008, walking around campus during a Friday morning, taking the Blue Bird Trail nesting survey.

Here are this week’s Survey results:

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Emily The Tree-Climbing Wonder Dog, always goes on the Survey Walk.

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

Box #2- 3 Blue Bird babies flew from the nest. – Last week: 3 Blue Bird babies.

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The Blue Bird baby in nesting box #4 has grown very large and should be flying from the nest before next week’s Survey. Unfortunaely, it appears the three eggs in the nest with him/her are sterile.

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

Box #4- 1 Blue Bird baby, 3 sterile Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 1 Blue Bird baby, 3 Blue Bird eggs

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

Box #6- 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 3 Blue Bird eggs.

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Five new babies in nesting box #12 since last week!

Box #7- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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

Box #9- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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The Killdeer babies continue to grow.

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

Box #11- Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last week: Few old straw, no new activity.

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A number of beautiful wild flowers also grow along the Blue Bird Trail on our Campus, including many Trumpet Vine flowers.

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

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

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Another Trumpet Vine flower, this one has a visitor.

Totals This Week: 4 Blue Bird eggs, 6 Blue Bird babies, 9 Empty nesting boxes, 3 Blue Birds flew from the nest, 2 Killdeer babies (one baby and one parent have disappeared, perhaps to a nearby area).

Totals Last Week: 11 Blue Bird eggs, 4 Blue Bird babies, 9 Empty nesting boxes, 3 Killdeer babies.

Master Naturalist buddy John continues to be very enthused about the activity, and reports that during the last 18 weeks of the program, 39 Blue Bird babies and 6 Chickadee babies have flown from their nests, and we also have 2 of the original 3 Killdeer babies left 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. We are hoping to have at least 50 Blue Bird babies fly from the nests this season, but the season is near the end, and we feel it will probably be over in the next 2-3 weeks.

The weather today was partly cloudy, light wind, humid and about 93 degrees.

Another update will be along next weekend. Have a great Weekend!

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Meanwhile, we thought we would have a little Wild Flower contest.

Please have a look at the following wild flowers which were in bloom this morning along the Blue Bird Trail and see if you know their names: (Winners and names will be announced in next week’s Survey)

Wild Flower #1 – below:

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Here’s a closer view of Wild Flower #1 – below:

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Wild Flower #2 – below: *Note: This flower starts out as a purple color and fades to the white it is here.

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Wild Flower #3:

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Wild Flower #4 – below:

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Here is a closer view of Wild Flower #4 – below:

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Here is Wild Flower #5 – below:

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Good luck on coming up with the names of these beautiful wild flowers!

Another Survey next week!

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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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Ok, Blue Bird fans, it’s Week #16 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 20, 2008, walking around campus during a Friday afternoon, taking the Blue Bird Trail nesting survey.

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These very large Blue Bird babies flew from Nesting Box #7 this afternoon, about 5 hours after this image was taken.

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, 2 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: 5 Blue Bird eggs.

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

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A Killdeer parent with one of its three babies on the campus.

Box #4- 5 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: New nest, 2 Blue Bird eggs.

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

Box #6- New Blue Bird nest, 1 Blue Bird egg. – Last week: 2 Blue Bird babies flew the next, 3 sterile Blue Bird eggs, nesting box cleaned.

Box #7- 4 very large Blue Bird babies (in morning), 4 Blue Bird babies flew the nest in afternoon. – Last week: 4 Blue Bird babies.

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Growing Killdeer baby.

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

Box #9- 4 large Blue Bird babies. – Last week: 4 Blue Bird babies.

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

Box #11- Few new straw. – Last week: Fresh new straw.

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Growing Killdeer baby.

Box #12- 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Last week: Half of a new Blue Bird nest built.

Box #13- Empty Nesting box, no activity. – Last week: 3 Blue Bird babies flew the nest.

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Watchful Killdeer parent.

Totals This 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.

Totals Last Week (June 12, 2008): 7 Blue Bird eggs, 8 Blue Bird babies, 5 Blue Bird babies flew the nest, 4 sterile Blue Bird eggs, 7 empty nesting boxes (includes the 2 boxes where babies flew the nest).

Late this afternoon, Master Naturalist Buddy John and myself walked over to Nesting Box #7 to show one of the campus officials the large size of the Blue Bird babies in this box. John advised that he had thought with the very large size of these four Blue Bird babies residing in this nesting box, he couldn’t understand why that had not flown from the nest yet.

At Nesting Box #7, we slowly pulled the front open and there they were, four very large Blue Bird babies, all hunched down in the nest. As the official took a couple of quick pictures, one of the babies jumped to its feet, and decided it was time to make the maiden flight, and took off flying from the nest, over to a nearby tree branch.

And just like that, one-by-one, each of the other three babies stood up, and flew from the nest to nearby trees, where the mother and father Blue Birds joined them in a real chirping festival. What an amazing experience, to actual see the babies fly from the nest! Those four brought the total Blue Bird babies who have flown from the nest, to 32 birds, a substantial additional to the area Blue Bird population.

Master Naturalist buddy John continues to be very enthused about the activity, and reports that in addition to the 32 Blue Bird babies and 6 Chickadee babies who have flown from their nests, 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 92 degrees.

Another update will be along next weekend.

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