Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Titmouse Checking Out a House

Birdhouses fill the trees in our backyard.  We have all types of them.  Some are designed to attract specific birds.  We're always happy when the birds build nests in one of the birdhouses near the deck.  We love to watch the activity.

We bought one of the birdhouses purely for its appearance.  While it had a door in the back for cleaning, we weren't sure any of the birds would use it because of its shiny metal roof.  But we liked the way it looked and we hung it up to enjoy on its own.  Surprisingly enough, it is the most popular birdhouse by far.  We have several nestings every spring and summer and many birds seek shelter in there during the winter.  The birdhouse has held chickadees. titmice, and nuthatches.  So far this spring all three have checked out this popular spot.

Hmm...wonder if they've already rented it?

I'll just take a peek inside.

All right if I just pop all the way inside?

Very nice indeed.

The outside seems to be in good shape.

Notice in the above photograph a chickadee is sitting on a branch waiting a turn to check out the birdhouse.  We never know who will end up with the first nest in there but over the summer several different bird couples will raise families in that house.  And we will have the pleasure of seeing them bring their fledglings to our feeders.

Spring is definitely here despite our sudden "cold front."  The hummingbirds arrived last week and I have heard the spring peepers.  The trees are ready to leaf out.  What a wonderful time of year!


Elora said...

We're on the same path, girl! Isn't it the best time of year!


Melissa Weisbard said...

So cute! I need to hang some birdhouses myself. I just don't have a whole lot of time these days for viewing nature. I've got spring fever like crazy and I don't have time to get out after work and its been raining on the weekends. Hopefully, I can catch a free moment soon to get outside with my camera.

Cicero Sings said...

It is a cute little birdhouse! I'm sure the birds like renting such an unusual abode.

George said...

These are wonderful pictures of the titmouse checking out the house. I hope he and his wife move in and raise a family.

Toni aka irishlas said...

One of the biggest joys in spring for me is watching the birds decide which birdhouse they will use. They all get used and even the ferns I hang on the back porch will rear young. It's always such a special treat.

KB said...

I'm surprised that you don't have trouble with the evil squirrels expanding the hole on that beautiful bird house. I'm glad that it's so popular. What fun for you!

Your hummingbirds arrived!!! Ours should be here soon. I'm putting out a feeder tomorrow even though it'll still freeze at night. I like to greet the first hummers in style!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Ruth said...

How nice that you get several tenants in a season! The Tufted Titmouse is making a slow move northward in range and maybe we will be fortunate enough someday to have one in our yard.