This was the first day on the route that the weather seemed spring-like. I saw my first dandelion on the trail. Only one dandelion – as if it was brave enough to come out while the others continued to snooze a bit longer under the covers.
Boxes #1 and 2 remain empty, though it’s obvious the Tree Swallows are pairing up and showing interest.
Box #3 has the base of a grass nest and at this time I don’t know if it’s a bluebird nest or a Tree Swallow nest. It appears to be an Eastern Bluebird nest, but as the construction gets further along, the appearance of feathers to line it will assure it belongs to a swallow pair. Nothing to do now but keep an eye on it. A bluebird pair was active around the box as were the swallows.
Box # 4 also had active Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow couples inspecting the box, and it had a few shreds of grassy material on the bottom, though nothing resembling a formed nest.
Box #5 – empty
Box #6 – The first egg of the season in this well-formed bluebird nest. I’m assuming it was laid early this morning. Oddly, I have yet to spy any bluebirds at this site.
Box #7 – empty
Box #8 – empty