Mrs. Bluebird spent another day sitting on her eggs. We're expecting them to hatch sometime between May 2 and May 10. Watch as she stirs, turns the eggs, then settles back in for a nap.
There are some doings with our chickadees. They were well started on a nest in the box on the northern end of the Piermont Public Library, but a starling made repeated visits to the box. Starlings are a danger to both the adult chickadees and any chicks they may hatch. The starling should be excluded from the box by the size of the entrance hole. But, watch it reach into the box, it could grab any birds within.
That explains why the chickadees were also interested in the box to the south. They took to serious nest building in there today. Unfortunately, I was busy recording no action on the other box. Here's a series of 12-second clips stitched together showing the progress they made on their nest today.
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We're watching eastern bluebirds in a box in West Newbury, VT and black-capped chickadees and a starling in boxes in Piermont, NH.