For the second year in a row our LMU Western Bluebird couple have successfully hatched six babies in a nest box near the Chapel!
Ian Kimbrey, creator of the boxes, using the Purvis Lifter device, brought down the box from a Jacaranda tree and confirmed the six eggs had hatched yesterday, Monday, May 15, 2023.
As luck would have it, Dr. Eric Strauss was walking by as Lisa Fimiani came to meet Ian to check on the nest box. Talk about serendipity!
After checking the Bluebird Box Lisa and Ian went over to check the second box on Campus, over near the Bluff. As Ian gently brought down the second nest box, they made a surprising discovery—a House Wren had made the box its home and had meticulously filled it with an assortment of twigs.
This unexpected encounter revealed that not only were the Western Bluebirds utilizing our nest boxes, but they were also providing a home for other bird species as well. Wow, two species of birds using our nest boxes this year! Just another day of nature at LMU!
As we reflect on these remarkable encounters, we are reminded once again that nature’s wonders are all around us, even within the confines of our university. LMU continues to serve as a haven for wildlife. Let us cherish these everyday encounters with nature and strive to protect and preserve the delicate balance that exists between humans and wildlife on our campus.