Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chickadee nest hole

While boating along the western edge of Caesar Pond, I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye. I didn't know what I had seen, so I scanned the area. The first thing that I noticed was a nicely shaped hole in the side of a long dead stump. Hmmm... I pondered. Could I have seen some bird going in or out of the hole? I decided to wedge the boat into a small island and sit a spell.
After only a few minutes, a chickadee flew to the edge of the hole, and perched.
Then, it entered the hole, and all I could see was its tail.
After a few minutes, the bird peered out of the hole...
perched for a moment,
and took flight. 
But, either it, or its spouse returned shortly. I didn't get a shot of them entering the nest hole (I was battling some wind blowing the boat around a bit), but my suspicions of chicks in a nest were confirmed with the appearance of the parent with a fecal sac.
Birds keep their nests very clean and remove the fecal sacs of the chicks, who poop after being fed.
Up, up and away goes the fecal sac! (Gee...the world does revolve around poop, doesn't it!)

1 comment:

FairviewFarm said...

Thank you for sharing the chickadee nest photos. They are one of my favorite birds but sadly I see them only rarely because we live in an open area with few trees in the yard and farm fields surrounding the house. I look forward to enjoying them through your blog.