Earlier this month, we had a celebration of 20 years of the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway. It was a wonderful opportunity for many of the past and present nestbox project staff, volunteers, donors, landowners, and other contributors to meet up and celebrate how the project has grown and evolved. Jean Jackman of the Davis Enterprise wrote a lovely article about the celebration and our project, which you can read by clicking here.
The ash-throated flycatchers (ATFL) have been moving in these past several weeks. We have banded 18 ATFL nestlings so far this year — more than last year! Our nestcam flycatchers have fledged, leaving the empty nest available for an eager pair of tree swallows. They were hanging around the nest even before the ATFLs were out, and now they’ve started building their grass nest on top of the old bed of fur.
There are many birds laying second clutches in their nests this season, so once again there are eggs and small nestlings all along the creek. The second wave of banding has started.