Nesting Chickadees

I was pleased today to learn the true identity of the birds nesting in one of the PVC nest boxes in our back yard. I had posted the below photo on my FB page on Saturday, after I was convinced it was a Tufted Titmouse nest. Two small speckled eggs are hidden in the bottom of the nest, covered with what appears to be rabbit fur. I did wonder about the fact I hadn’t seen any birds around the box, but that’s not always unusual since they often come and go quickly and discreetly to avoid drawing predators to the nest.

nest  in bottom of PVC nest box

nest in bottom of PVC nest box

Today when I checked on the nest, the fur was pulled back and the eggs were visible. And as I examined it, there was a Black-Capped Chickadee perched on the nearby Black Cherry tree. It was singing and chirping as only a chickadee does, so there was no mistaking its identity. Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my earlier ID of the nest? I went back in the house to do a little research, and decided it was likely a chickadee nest. That was confirmed when I went back out with my camera, and a startled chickadee flew out of the box!

chickadee eggs

chickadee eggs

At this point there are six tiny chickadee eggs in the nest. According to Sialis.Org, 6-8 eggs is the norm for Black-Capped Chickadees, though as many as 13 have been recorded. Incubation lasts for 12-13 days. It also mentions the egg covering behavior of the female after she leaves the nest. The nesting material serves as a blanket to help insulate the eggs. I’ll keep monitoring the next few days and share any developments. Hopefully the next news will be the successful hatching of the eggs.

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9 Responses to Nesting Chickadees

  1. Marcia says:

    I think I have some nesting in one of my birdhouses. I see them going in an out.

  2. Daphne says:

    I’ve never had a birdhouse but it must be nice to see the birds breed there.

    • Dave says:

      It is a great chance to see nature in action. Today it was really up close and personal when the chickadee flew out!

  3. Margaret says:

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see those baby chickadees.

  4. How exciting! I have never seen chickadee eggs before. Chicken eggs take 21 days to hatch. Not sure about chickadee eggs. I can’t believe a tiny chickadee can lay that many eggs.

  5. Susan Klein says:

    So Beautiful! Very informative post! Looking forward to seeing the baby birds.

  6. Susie says:

    Two years ago I had the opportunity to watch robin’s nesting, hatching, learning to fly. It was a great experience for me. Those eggs are so pretty!

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