It has been an exciting week at Anna Jean Cummings Park (AJC) in Soquel. Having the nest boxes there was rewarded with nesting ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS! I learned about this while I was away on a trip, and I couldn't wait to go see when I returned!
The Ashys fledged yesterday, but I am not sure how many chicks there were. One reluctant chick remained in the box until the light got bad and it got warm - so I gave up! I could hear it in the box. John Ellis, who built the boxes, said parents were feeding it earlier in the morning, but they had ceased feeding it when I was there. Hunger is a great motivator! (That's actually why I left - the baby starved me out!)
The day before (Saturday) SCRUB JAY babies fledged. And on Friday, I think I had a fledgling/immature LAZULI BUNTING! Please see this photo and let me know if I got it right! https://www.flickr.com/photos/lisafay/48236019262/in/dateposted-public/ I do not know who has this atlas block, but I would be *very* interested to know if this has been seen at AJC before!
On Wednesday, I had 2 fledging RED-TAILED HAWKS. There was a ruckus to the north in the tall trees outside the park and the 2 fledglings burst out.
On Wednesday I checked out the baby BARN SWALLOWS nesting in the women's bathroom! Those bathrooms get locked up at dusk and opened about 8 am. The parents must have been very anxious! I imagine they have fledged by now - the park was ridiculously busy with kids' ball games all weekend!