I guess I was a little worried about this nestbox full of Black-capped Chickadee eggs. I placed the box out on May 6th and within 3 days, portions of a nest had been built. Within 12 days of putting it out, it had 6 eggs in it.
The nest concerned me though. It was a very shallow nest with a good base of wood chips still there, but a very small layer of moss with a bit of soft nesting material on top. It was much shallower than the nests in the other nestboxes.
Was this a set of new parents, anxious to start a family but a little short on nest-building skills? Was the nest deep enough to stay insulated if cool, wet weather hit? (which it did) The cup was beautiful, but were the eggs protected underneath?
I have to say, they're an attentive pair. Mom has been flushed or in the area every time I've done a NestWatch check. And dad is busy on the job too. As I approached the nest once, he was right there, clinging on the front of the box, keeping mom company (ok, I anthropomorphize!)
He left when I approached, but as I knocked on the box to get mom to flush and prepared to open the box, he bravely flew back down to land on the top of the box and give me the stink-eye. "What are you doing to my babies?!?!?! Go AWAY!!"