Among the advantages of living in the woods, watching birds do what birds do is one of the best. We have several bird houses throughout the woods and always enjoy seeing them occupied. One nesting box in particular seems to appeal to several different types of birds. In previous years this house has been rented by chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, and titmice. And many times, a pair of birds will spend a couple of days building a nest in this house, only to decide they don't care for it after all. Since we never know the stage of nest-building, we do not clean out the house during the summer. We let the birds do that.
The other day, a Tufted Titmouse decided the house was to her liking. She spent quite a while removing the old nesting materials.
What a mess!
I can't believe they left all this stuff in here.
This is getting harder and harder.
And there is still more inside.
Oh, forget it! I'm tired of these fixer-uppers!
So the little titmouse abandoned the idea of nesting in this house. At least she did some good housecleaning for the next bird who has an inclination to use it.
Don't you just love watching the birds?