My daughter who lives in Ingham County Michigan has already found a Killdeer nest with 4 eggs! and at Kensington Metro Park I observed 3 different Red-bellied Woodpeckers working on nesting cavities.
Pat B. Howell, Michigan
On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 05:22:47 PM EDT, Dody <dody...> wrote:
For the first time I can remember in about 30 years, the tree swallows have shown up before the bluebirds… They were investigating different boxes today.
On Apr 6, 2021, at 11:55 AM, 'THOMAS HODGSON' via Birders <birders...> wrote:
Yes, my bluebirds are behind schedule. Poor winterberry and flowering crab fruit crops last year may have reduced food availability.
Imagine that birds take longer to reach breeding condition when food is in short supply.
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On Apr 6, 2021, at 11:38 AM, 'George Hammond' via Birders <birders...> wrote:
Southeastern Michigan had almost no precipitation from mid February until March 24, then got the month’s average in just a few days. March was significantly warmer than average too. Jan and Feb also had substantially below average precip. I suspect that the dryness has slowed down plants and insects. The National Drought Monitor lab says we are still in a state of “moderate drought” https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?Midwest Maybe reduced/delayed insect hatch is slowing down the songbirds, and lower water levels have changed the timing for the waterfowl?
On Apr 6, 2021, at 8:57 AM, Penny <dorfdoom...> wrote:
It makes me wonder if there is an adequate food supply. I don’t think birds try to raise young if there’s not enough food but what could affect both water and dry land? I hope activity will pick up.
On Apr 5, 2021, at 2:31 PM, 'Brucemac1' via Birders <birders...> wrote:
It seems, this Spring, that the usual urgency to find a nest site, build a nest and get on with raising their broods, is missing...???
Robins are here but have yet to get serious about getting started. Same with our Eastern Bluebirds. They're present, looking at nestboxes, but have yet to begin nest construction. Even the pesky house sparrows are dragging their wings and don't seem to be all that interested, ....yet..?
Last year, the female Bluebird built her nest in a single day, April 1st.
Anyone else notice the lack of urgency...??
Bruce Macd... SW Ontario North shore of Lake Erie