Mrs. Bluebird continues babysitting her eggs, venturing out occasionally. Mr. Bluebird sat in the rain on our deck roof above the box for a time this morning. Sunday is the first day we can expect the eggs to hatch.
Our chickadees haven't shown up on camera yet today (as of 4:00 pm).
Mrs. Bluebird spent her day tending her eggs, with a few trips out for food. I wonder if she gets bored just sitting, or does she link long thoughts?
Our chickadees didn't do any more building today. They came to the entrance of the box and checked it twice this morning, haven't seen them all afternoon.
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We're watching eastern bluebirds and black-capped chickadees in specially built nesting boxes with cameras. We can watch without disturbing the birds.
Not much news from our bluebirds today. Mrs. continues to sit on her eggs, popping out occasionally to find some food.
It looks like the chickadees are satisfied with their nest. Mrs. showed up once this morning with some late additions to the nest. One of them comes to the entrance three or four times an hour just to keep an eye on things. We should be seeing eggs soon.
We're watching eastern bluebirds and black-capped chickadees inside specially built nest boxes with cameras. We can check in on them without disturbing the birds.
We had a little extra excitement from our feathered friends this morning. My wife, Lee, found a robin that couldn't fly. The robin is now under VINS' care.
Mrs. Bluebird spent most of her day in her box tending her eggs. Here's a short clip, where she deals with a shed feather. The eggs should hatch between May 2 and May 10.
Our chickadees are moving quickly to build their new nest. If you missed the update, it appears they were run out of the other box by starlings. Let's hope the starlings leave them alone here.
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We're watching eastern bluebirds in a box in West Newbury, Vermont, and black-capped chickadees in a box in Piermont, New Hampshire. The boxes were built to fit a video camera inside, we can watch without disturbing the birds.
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.
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