Not much action in the bluebird box today. Mrs. has shown up only four times. The first time, she settled then fussed several times, we were convinced she was laying her first egg. No such luck :( Both bluebirds are around the yard, ready to protect the box should it need defending. Mrs. should lay her first egg within the next couple days.
Meanwhile in Piermont, our chickadees are still undecided about where to make their nest. They've come back to check both of the boxes, doesn't look like they've made a choice. We put the boxes up hoping for bluebirds. The chickadees found one of the boxes within an hour of putting it up. They've been checking both boxes several times a day since. Chickadees are supposed to like boxes with wood chips or sawdust. If the chickadees don't start building soon, we'll try to add some wood chips.
The chickadee checking the first box.
And the chickadees checking out the second box.
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We're looking inside a nesting box with the bluebirds in West Newbury, Vermont. The chickadees are in Piermont, New Hampshire.
The cameras are permanently mounted in the boxes and we can watch without disturbing the birds.