“My” chickadee nestlings pecked their way out of their eggs on either June 3 or 4 so mom and dad chickadee are starting to get busy with the nestlings as reach their 4th or 5th birthday.
My next nest check was done on June 8th, when I waited patiently for both parents to clear the box. I found the nestlings very, very deep in the nest, which made it really difficult to see them even with my handy dandy mirror.
I'm always in a rush when taking nest pictures and it was even tougher this time as I tried to get an image where I could count the nestlings. I never did get one a really good picture, but here's my best shot and my attempt to count the babies.
I have some other good news: I have another active chickadee nest in my backyard! Unfortunately it is in a box that I cannot open to monitor. After this season, I’ll have to change to a nestbox that opens on top for easy monitoring. But stay tuned for my final 2 nest checks in my front yard box.
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