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2005 Nest Box Cam
Northern Flicker

Daily Log for May 15

The barnyard flicker box was monitored on videotape throughout the nesting. Nest box attendance by the male and female during the incubation period, 2 days prior to 1st hatch, is recorded below. A great deal of other information can be gleaned from the videotapes, such as the timing of actual incubation, and later, brooding, in relation to temperature. The female would often appear restless after an hour in the box and climb up near the top to tap on the wall for a minute or two, perhaps trying to communicate to the male that it was time he relieved her. Also, the microphone recorded audio of the adults nearby outside the box, both calling and drumming.

The male flicker always spent the night in the nest box, entering when the female left each evening and leaving when she first returned the following morning.

Return to 2005 flicker cam

2022 update - Return of the barn owls
2021 Chimney Swift tower success!!!
2020 Barn Swallow nesting
Barn swallow nest cups
2019 Barn Swallows and Black Rat Snakes

2018 - The Barnyard Balance of Nature Goes Awry
Black rat snakes vs barn swallows, Northern flickers, kestrels and others

2018 Purple Martin preference for clam shells
2017 - Return of the Monarchs!
2017 Purple Martin prey photos
2010 - 2016 Northern flicker nestings
2014 house wren gourd use
2014 - A dramatic loss of many types of insects
2019-2020 Purple Martin nesting
2014 barn owl nesting - prey study
A new barn swallow shelter for 2013
2010 barn owl nesting
2010 Update
2016-2017 Kestrel nestings
Starling traps
Using blinds in the home habitat
Providing perches for birds
Providing snags for wildlife
The ugly young maple
2001 - 2013 nest cams
Use of tomato cages as hunting perches by insectivorous song birds
Vultures, beetles and the resurrection of life

Species of interest in our yard - photos and articles
barn owl American kestrel purple martin barn swallow Eastern bluebird
tufted titmouse Eastern phoebe yellow shafted flicker tree swallow chimney swift
house wren big brown bat Carolina wren brown thrasher catbird
cedar waxwing Northern mockingbird
Yellow warbler Acadian flycatcher

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