A quick update post while I work on a longer one. (Uploading pictures with dial-up is S-O-O-O SL-O-O-O-W)
The Purple Martins are up to 49 eggs. I have 2 nests with 6 eggs, 4 nests with 5 eggs, and 4 nests with 4 eggs each. For those of you good at math, that makes 48 eggs in 10 nests. The 49th egg is in Gourd #11, belonging to [Da-DAH!] Lonely Guy! It seems that the former Lonely Guy bachelor has gotten a girl, unbeknownst to me. Either that, or someone has dumped an egg in his nest. I will watch closely for the next few evenings to see if I can see two birds entering that gourd to spend the night together, but the real test will be next Thursday, when I do my next scheduled nest check. If there are more eggs, I will be certain.
There is still at least one, probably more, Tree Swallow babies in that gourd. I can hear them as I walk or mow nearby, but I'm not getting too close. Don't want to cause premature fledging.
There are now eggs in the House Wren nest in a small box by the pond. When Susan and her girls visited, May 26, there was just a stick nest, but now it is lined with softer material and has two tiny brown eggs.
The Eastern Bluebird gang of 6 is one week old today. See how fast they grow! I can only open the box to check on them for five more days, then it's hands-off.