Students in a fever over feathered Flora
Flora fever has broken out again — but this time it is over a bluebird named after Bermuda’s golden girl.
Warwick Academy installed a webcam inside one of its bluebird boxes and named the two birds who nested in it after the Commonwealth champion triathlete Flora Duffy and her husband, Dan Hugo.
Now the school is glued to the coverage from the nest after the pair hatched four eggs.
Jane Vickers, director of development at the school, said: “As nesting season started, the students observed the pair of bluebirds and the excitement built from there.
“As Flora had just won the ITU and the Commonwealth Games gold, the Natural History Club thought it fitting the pair were called Dan and Flora.”
She added: “The bluebird family has become an obsession with the students coming at recess and lunch to check on the progress.”
Andrew Dobson of the Bermuda Audubon Society, said the camera was moved to the school after bluebirds failed to nest in the camera’s first home.
He added: “The nest cam was originally in a box at society president Karen Border’s house, where bluebirds have successfully nested in the past.
“The birds decided to nest elsewhere this year, so it went to Warwick Academy where a pair nested last year.”
Mr Dobson said: “Karen’s sister, Rosalind Wingate, is the lab technician at Warwick Academy and has been relaying news to the students.”
A pair of bluebirds nested in a box at the school in April before staff swapped it for a box equipped with a tiny camera and moved the nest.
The birds, who had laid two eggs before the boxes were switched, laid two more in their new home.
The footage has been streamed live on the Warwick Academy network and recordings put up on the school’s YouTube page.
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