|We woke to this, Saturday, April 1st!|
Thankfully, I took the time on Thursday, March 30th, to do this project.
This is the time of year to clean up and clean out the wood duck boxes. Hubby and Annabelle came down to supervise. You can see her on the dock!
I have three wood duck nesting boxes, now. I had varied success last year, although one box had one unviable egg in it, which I didn't notice until last fall.
There were three issues.
1) Nest #1 was abandoned, the eggs were eaten.
2) Nest #2 didn't have any eggs.
3) Good folks on the nearby lake put out several nesting boxes.
We shall see!
I cleaned out the boxes, put in fresh wood shavings, and we'll hope for the best! First thing, the frog pond has to melt. We had 7 cm snow Friday/Saturday last week. It bodes well for spring, for the frogs to lay eggs, maybe the muskrats will return, too!
The first sign will be the downy feathers with which they line the nests.
My bruised knee is a bit better, I went to physio Thursday! And my only incident this day was a splinter. For this, I be grateful!
This, of course, is what I shall hope for: boxes full of downy feathers. The anticipation of Spring makes it greater when it arrives! The issue in our area is the lack of nests. The trees are falling down, and they have nested in those in the past. Hence, locals put up nesting boxes.
They are incredibly shy birds. I think I scared the one off the nesting box last year. I'm feeling somewhat guilty for that. I didn't realize she was in there. Lesson learned. I'll use my snake scope.