Friday, April 23, 2010

Chickadee in the House

Chickadee box

In hopes of attracting a pair Bluebirds that frequent our yard my husband put up a couple Bluebird houses earlier this Spring. By that very afternoon we had a pair checking one of them out. The next day too. I was so excited! My excitement was short-lived seeing as how they left and haven’t been back. Well they’ve been in the yard a few times but not on, or in, the houses. However, a pair of Chickadees know a good thing when they see it and decided to call one of the birdhouses ‘Home’.

Can you see the moss in the dark slits of the front of the bird house?

All about Chickadees (link)


Chickadee tree

This little Chickadee sat in the tree a long time waiting to go into the house. Once I started walking away he/she finally flew in.

 

 

Chickadee nest

The past couple days I haven’t noticed the pair going in or out of the house so I decided to go take a peek tonight and see what’s happening inside. Now THATS my kind of nest! Much softer than the traditional stick-constructed bird nest. Tomorrow morning I’ll watch to see if they’re still around but I’m doubtful. Hard to believe 2 tiny birds could go through this much work and then decide it’s not the right place.

19 comments:

hip chick said...

Pretty cool. It's amazing how hard they work.

Eve said...

Oh I hope they stay Sharon. I've actually got bluebirds but the titmice and chickadees were looking in the box. I've got my fingers crossed they do well. Tornados on the way!!!

The Retired One said...

Very cool to be able to peek inside to see all their hard work. They are cute little birds!

Susan said...

That looks so inviting!! Did they put the moss in the box as well as the other material?
I've read that bluebirds like a clear meadow from the front of the nesting box..no trees, or anything obstructing access for several hundred yards - we had the same issue with purple martins, and a house we placed to close to our house (they like at least 100 feet so they can swoop and catch flies)

Snappy Di said...

That's some nest. Really too bad they didn't stay and use it for their bambinos. We had a pair of cardinals build a nest last year in one of our front bushes and then not use it, I think because the bush was too low to the ground and our dogs kept snooping in the bush. The nest is still there.... unused.

Di

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Aww, they're so adorable ♥ Nice bird houses!

Country Girl said...

This is so cool, Sharon. And thanks for the link on the chickadees. As always, your photos are scrumptious.

Becky said...

I think they went on a little vacation after they found their perfect little home. They are such cute little birds. I hope they return soon.

forestal said...

very nice Sharon, my "bluebird house" also has a chickadee pair nesting, another with house sparrows, and another with carolina wrens, maybe next year some bluebirds

dan

Jayne said...

I love seeing how Chickadees construct a nest. So methodical and soft like down. Surely they will use this wonderful, soft home. :c)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The bluebirds may have not stayed around, because the chickadees had already started a nest. Maybe the new tenants will return.

Pat said...

Good luck getting bluebirds. But chickadees are so cute, too. Do you have the houses facing the right direction to get bluebirds?

Mary Elizabeth said...

Perhaps Mrs. Chickadee decided on a two-story instead of a ranch?!...your pictures are beautiful.

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Sea Witch said...

I love this pretty little post. Birds are so wonderful. Sea Witch

Laura said...

So cool, Sharon! Too bad they didn't make that with plexiglass so you could see inside! Birds used to pick up dog hair in our backyard when I would brush Rocky.

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chasity said...

the little one peeking out is so cute!

Kerri said...

Very cool!