And here's what's left in the nest box after the young ones take wing...
Ugh! This is what greeted me when I opened the bluebird box on Thursday. Hard to reconcile this messy debris with the beautiful nest full of babies that we last saw. I need to scrape out all this old nest material, brush the walls and floor down with a wire brush, and pour boiling water through the box to clean and sanitize it for the next clutch.
This is what happens when you neglect your trap box for too long:
A House Sparrow builds her nest and lays her eggs. Horse hair, plastic trash, baler twine, dried and fresh grasses, and these spotted eggs are classic. After trapping and removing the female, I removed the eggs and nest, too.
Next nests to monitor will be Purple Martins and Tree Swallows. Updates soon.
Newly returning migrants: Barn Swallows came back this week.