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May 27, 2010


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Very cool. Right on, mama chickadee!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Miriam - Cornell's NestWatch has very well researched nest check protocol that I'm following to make sure that my visits are not disruptive to the mother bird. Ideally, making noise while approaching and knocking on the box would've flushed mom. She returned to the nest literally within a minute of my one check (I noted the time on the BirdCam). Rest assured I'm doing things "by the rules" so to say! Thanks for your concern. (links to NestWatch's protocol are provided in my post).
Ellen - I'll keep you posted!


Nancy, that is SO cool! I'm very excited for you. Thanks for posting the pic with the mirror so we can all see the eggs. I look forward to your next update!

Miriam Herrera

Is it ok to keep checking by opening the box, etc? Won't she abandon the nest? Was just wondering how sensitive the momma is.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.