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« on: 30-May-13, 07:54:15 AM »

   

We know about the starling head up front.

Any guesses on 2nd breakfast? Maybe Red Wing Blackbird?
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« Reply #1 on: 30-May-13, 06:13:23 PM »



This was an easy one
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« Reply #2 on: 30-May-13, 10:29:31 PM »

1. not a red wing blackbird, more like a thrush maybe a female or baby robin
2. bluebird  crying
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« Reply #3 on: 10-Jun-13, 02:14:09 PM »



Yum! Fresh sparrow!
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« Reply #4 on: 14-Jun-13, 12:30:37 AM »




Starling?
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« Reply #5 on: 14-Jun-13, 05:18:48 PM »




Starling?
can't tell. But what did they eat that had brown feathers? You can see some of them in that corner

also seems to be a lot of algae growing on the box.
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« Reply #6 on: 14-Jun-13, 09:27:21 PM »




Starling?
can't tell. But what did they eat that had brown feathers? You can see some of them in that corner

also seems to be a lot of algae growing on the box.

I'm not worried about the prey, but I agree that the box is pretty bad.  I hope that when they take the birds out for their bands, that the crew wearing haz-mat suits and masks, cleans up the nest box a bit.  It can't be a healthy environment for the babies.  After all, there have never been three babies to be fed up here.  I forgot how messy it is.   Last year, only well fed Orion.   In 2010, only precious Jemison and Callidora, and nothing else at TSB. 
Maybe the cams were not as clear, but I don't remember the KT nestbox looking so bad even in 2008 when there were the five crew.   (Quest and her sibs)
Algae or mold or can you imagine the smell in that nestbox?      I'm surprised it's not attracting vultures!

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« Reply #7 on: 15-Jun-13, 08:05:32 AM »

nobody cleans out a wild nest, but the algae means its staying wet, not having enough drainage could cause problems if not to the eyas then to the box itself shorten its useful life.
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« Reply #8 on: 15-Jun-13, 09:18:07 AM »

nobody cleans out a wild nest, but the algae means its staying wet, not having enough drainage could cause problems if not to the eyas then to the box itself shorten its useful life.

If I remember right, on banding day, someone will usually clean some stuff out of the box plus remove the egg while the banding is taking place. As to the algae, it's been raining here a lot!  Maybe when sunshine returns to WNY for any length of time, things will get a chance to dry out!
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