The Wait Continues... No News From Our Bluebirds or Chickadees, April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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. 

Mrs. Bluebird Continues to Babysit Her Eggs, April 29, 2021Mrs. Bluebird Continues to Babysit Her Eggs, April 29, 2021

Our chickadees haven't shown up on camera yet today (as of 4:00 pm).


No News From Our Bluebirds or Chickadees, April 28, 2021

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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?

Bluebird Update April 28, 2021Mrs. Bluebird continues to tend her eggs.

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. 

No Action From The Chickadees, April 28, 2021Our chickadees stopped by to peek into their box just a couple times this morning.

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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. 


Checking In With Our Bluebirds and Chickadees, April 27, 2021

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Not much news from our bluebirds today. Mrs. continues to sit on her eggs, popping out occasionally to find some food. 

 

Bluebird Update April 27, 2021Mrs. Bluebird continues to tend her eggs.
 

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. 

Chickadees Finish Up Their NestOur chickadees seem to think their nest is ready.

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. 


Bluebird and Chickadee Update April 26, 2021

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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. 

Bluebird Update April 26, 2021Mrs. Bluebird continues to sit on her eggs.

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. 

Chickadees at Work, April 26, 2021Our chickadees continue to build their new nest.

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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 Continues Sitting, Our Chickadees Make a Move, April 25, 2021

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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. 

Mrs. Bluebird Sitting on Her Eggs, April 25, 2021Mrs. Bluebird sits on her eggs, gets up to turn them, then settles back 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. 

The Starling is BackThe starling seems to have driven the chickadees from the box where they started to build their first nest.

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. 

Chickadees Rebuild! April 25, 2021Our chickadees build a new nest in the second box.

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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.