• THEY’RE BACK! Live Nest Box Cams

    Spy on some birds nesting in your parks using our Live Nest Box Cams, hosted by Geauga County’s official website!

    By following that link, you’ll be able to view the inside of nest boxes at Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center and The West Woods Nature Center in one convenient location. If you’d like, also bookmark this post and come back when the nests are active for naturalist blogs about the daily goings-on you’ll see.



    Big Creek Park, May 26, 2020 — by Naturalist Tami Gingrich

    Take some time to spy on our Eastern Bluebirds that are nesting in the webcam box at Big Creek Park. This live coverage allows you to see the birds as they go about their nesting. The four eggs were laid early last week, and with a 12-14 day incubation period, should be hatching soon! Hot weather allows the birds to stay off the eggs more often, but as the eggs begin to hatch, she will sit tighter on the nest without breaks. Keep an eye on them!

    The West Woods, May 23, 2020 — by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    Hmmm………..the House Wren has not filled up the box with sticks like I expected. Then as I was watching, a male Bluebird flew into the box! The situation may be changing. Ooooo…a drama! Who will ultimately claim the box? Stay tuned…

    The West Woods, May 15, 2020 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    And so it begins again: nest-building by a House Wren. It is the male wren who goes around his territory and stuffs tree cavities (or bluebird boxes) with twigs. The female chooses which one she wants and then builds a cup nest lined with fine grasses, plant fibers, rootlets or hair. So keep an eye on it and see if the activity picks up in the weeks to come! Birds return to their same territories each year, so it is likely that this year’s nesting pair are the same birds from previous years. Welcome back, House Wrens!

    The West Woods, June 23, 2020 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    Well, after a month or so of wondering who will claim this box–a Bluebird or House Wren, it seems as though the House Wren has prevailed.  Over the course of the last month, I’ve seen both birds going in and out of this next box.  For the past few days, however, it has been the male House Wren.  He has been filling the box with twigs.  So stay tuned and let’s see how things proceed……..