• NEW! Live Bird Box Cam

    We’re so excited to finally unveil this link to our new-and-improved Live Bird Box Cam feed, hosted by Geauga County’s official website! The link has nest box views from Big Creek Park and The West Woods in a single location. We also hope you’ll watch this post for occasional naturalist blogs about the goings-on you’ll be seeing. When there are updates available, they’ll be posted right to this page, then linked from our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Happy viewing!

     

    NATURALIST BLOG

    June 12, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    My goodness that’s an awfully crowded nest! And what are those six little ones thinking…? See below.

    June 11, 2019 – by Naturalist Tami Gingrich

    As of today, the female House Wren at Big Creek Park has lined the nest of twigs with softer materials. Since eggs are laid first thing in the morning, check back tomorrow – she might just lay egg #1 bright and early!

    June 7, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    Well, between camera issues and power failures, six of the seven House Wren eggs have hatched, and right on target for the time period predicted. Congratulations to the new family! The female wren will be very busy these next 15-17 days bringing food to her six nestlings and removing fecal sacs to keep the nest clean. The nestlings’ poop is packaged in a convenient sac, which can be easily picked up in the adult’s beak and taken far away from the nest; this reduces the possibility of predators finding the nest. Enjoy the show!

    May 26, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    There are seven eggs in the House Wren nest as of May 25. The female has now begun the incubation period. The incubation period lasts 9 to 16 days from when the last egg is laid, so we can look forward to hatching eggs anytime between June 5 and 12. Doesn’t she just have the most cozy nest?

    May 25, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    Seven eggs!

    May 24, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    Six…!

    May 23, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    And now five…

    May 22, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    Four eggs and counting…

    May 21, 2019 – by Naturalist Linda Gilbert

    The West Woods nest box is being used again! Welcome to the happy couple: Mr. and Mrs. House Wren. It is the male bird’s job to find all potential nest cavities in an area and fill them with sticks. Then the female goes around to all the sites and picks the one she likes the best. The West Woods nest box – SCORE! There are three eggs so far in a cozy depression built amidst a bunch of twigs. The female will start incubating her clutch after the last egg is laid. How many will the female lay this time? (Last year it was six!) The incubation period is 9 to 16 days from when the last egg is laid.