1 August - Vredenburgh Trail and Wenas Lake
- Chur chur,
The tallies from this week are in for the Vredenburgh Bluebird
The nest box trail begins at the end of the pavement on North
Wenas Road (approximately 3 miles beyond Wenas Lake) and
continues 14 miles to the intersection with Durr Road overlooking
Ellensburg. There are a total of 132 nest boxes along the trail.
This week's totals:
eggs - 0
nestlings - 51
Fledged this week:
Western Bluebird - 7
Mountain Bluebird - 15
Year to date fledged:
Western Bluebird - 454
Mountain Bluebird - 74
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
(the average total bluebird production over the last twenty years is
410 bluebirds per year)
Thus this year has now totaled 528 fledged bluebirds...well above
average; five hundred fledged/yr has only been attained five times in
the trail's 28 year history.
The remaining 51 nestlings are spread into 14 active nests.
En route to the trail, I stopped at Wenas Lake. The water has now
dropped enough that one small pool surrounded by mud has been
created in front of the old resort's location. Working this small area
were three Spotted Sandpipers, two Least Sandpipers and one Greater
Yellowlegs...plus a handful of Killdeer.
On the way home, I stopped again to check out the boat ramp side.
The concrete ramp still touches the water; three adults and six to
eight youngsters were using the ramp as a staging area for frolicking
in a wading/swimming frenzy. Near as I could tell, it is still not
possible to walk in front of the small willows that line the shore from
the ramp to the old resort location. A lone fisherman manned the
latter locale, standing on a small point projecting into the water in
front of the aforementioned small pool. The Spotted Sands had
abandoned the pool but the others remained.
Birding the Blue,
R. A. Repp
Rich the Bluebird Snitch
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