Mariton: Nest boxes

May 26, 2011

There is good news and bad news.  The wet and cold weather was too much for some of the nests.  A nest of baby Bluebirds died.  I think it is due to exposure.  There were big enough that the parents had to be constantly foraging for food.  Since the adults were away from the nest a lot, the babies probably got damp and cold.  I also found a nest of Chickadees that had died.  In both cases, I cleaned out the box and hopefully the adults will renest in one of the boxes.  It is sad, but it happens. 

 On the other hand, there are 15 chickadee babies in two other boxes.  They look pretty healthy, and I am crossing my fingers that it stays warm, at least for a week.  Here is one of the Chickadee nests.

Chickadee babies

We also have 5 eggs in a bluebird nest.  This box is in the yard, so I watch the parents checking the box during the day.

Bluebird eggs