Everything is going great on the trail, with the exception of Box #4. The 4 Bluebird eggs have hatched, but sadly, at approximately 3 days of age, the 4 Bluebird chicks died. I found the 4 dead chicks in the box. I am unsure of the cause, but it has been extremely hot recently, and this box is in direct sun. Over-heating is the only reasoning I can come up with.
Moving on, I found 3 young 0-2 day old chicks at Box #1. They were so cute and had their mouths open, thinking I was mama there to feed them!
Box #2's 4 Bluebird eggs continue to look great. I would expect Shea to find chicks here next weekend. Albemarle County Bluebird Coordinator visited the PVCC trail over the past week and has confirmed that the rest of the Tree Swallow chicks (now all 5) have successfully fledged from Box #3, and she cleaned out the old nest. There was quick turnaround at this box, and this weekend I found a complete Bluebird nest with no eggs.
Boxes #5 and 6 remain empty. Box #7 now had 4 Bluebird eggs. Box #8's 4 Bluebird eggs have hatched and chicks are now 5-7 days old. The 3 Tree Swallow chicks from Box #9 have fledged and I cleaned out the old nest.
It's an exciting time on the Bluebird trail and I wish Shea best of luck next weekend!