In a previous post, I mentioned the chickadees were checking out one of our pottery bird boxes. While we have plenty of wooden and gourd houses for living space, the chickadees took a liking to this ceramic one. We wondered if they would actually use it for nesting.
Yes, they did. And now the eggs have hatched, keeping the birds very busy.
(You many need to click to enlarge the pictures)
One of parents sits on a branch to the left of the bird house.
There is food for the babies
The bird goes inside the house, then comes back out with something white in its mouth.
Sort of a white bubble
It is a fecal sac. Many birds carry these far away from the nest to dump them.
Otherwise the sight and smell of them might attract predators.
Chickadees are year-round residents here. Is this a Black-capped Chickadee or a Carolina Chickadee? Usually one can easily tell by the location. Black-capped Chickadees live in the north and Carolina Chickadees in the south. However, we are in a small geographic area that both Black-capped Chickadees and Carolina Chickadees inhabit. So which is this? I have no idea. The differences are very subtle and one needs the two birds side-by-side to truly determine which it is. Add to that the fact that there is some cross-breeding and you have a real dilemma.
So it doesn't really matter what kind of chickadees we have, we love them. They are among the most friendly and curious birds, almost always the first to try out a new feeder. They don't seem to mind if we sit on the deck to watch them and they provide us with endless joy year-round.