Around this time of year most fledglings, those birds that just learned to fly, can be glimpsed bumbling from branch to branch. Technically the bird pictured below is a pre-fledgling jay as the shot could only be attained because the bird’s sole option was to hop away from the lens. Around these parts there are a number of boxes placed at recommended heights for different species but, for whatever reason, there are no occupants. The wood duck box vacancy is no surprise as these guys are very skittish and Plainfield City is likely too urban for their temperament, although a number of very unflappable - pardon the pun - drakes can be observed in Central Park so…who knows. As for the silent wren, nuthatch and chickadee boxes? Still a mystery. Get out there!