Following my last in-box check on June 14, I knew they would be fledging fairly soon. Both mom and dad chickadee did a great job bringing a steady stream of mealworms and other goodies into the nest. Each time they did, the raucous nestlings inside would chatter-chatter-chatter! It was such a wonderful sound.
The morning of June 19, I was able to capture this glimpse of one of the nestlings as he peeked out of his home.
In the early evening hours of June 19, adults were still seen at the box (above).
Birds often fledge in the morning, and I got up early on the 20th hoping to witness the young leaving the nest. But by the time I walked to the box at 6:15am, no chickadees were in the area, and no sounds were coming from the box. I checked the memory card in the BirdCam and the last image was the one from last evening. The BirdCam doesn't always capture quick entries or departures from the box so it didn't catch the fledgling's exit - darn it!
I watched for a couple more hours and didn't see any adults near the box, though a chickadee or two did visit the feeders. At a little before 11am, I opened the box - the chickadees had fledged! No signs of predation - still a neat little nest. One unhatched egg and a presumed 4 chickadees off into the world. One egg unaccounted for.
I updated my NestWatch nesting attempt and when asked why I thought the nest was successful, I entered "Baffled nestbox. Good weather - not too hot, not too cold, not too wet. Plentiful food nearby. Best landlady in the world!"
I'm glad I've added two chickadee nesting attempts to the NestWatch program because there aren't too many chickadee nests reported - only 4-5 in all New York this year. You can see where those nests are located using the NestWatch Explore Data Interactive Map page.
As far as my chickadees, I hope they're doing fine. I haven't seen chickadee fledglings in the yard, so I'm hoping the adults are feeding them in a nearby location and will return with them to my feeders soon!
If you watch a nest regularly during the nesting season, please consider joining the free NestWatch Citizen Science program. It would be a great activity to do with kids or grandkids! And the more scientists learn about birds, the better we can all work to protect birds. Even information about what we consider our most common nesting birds, like the chickadee, is needed.
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