Carolina chickadee bringing a tasty breakfast morsel to its babies this morning.
You may remember this post where I shared the pair of Carolina chickadees
cleaning out the little nesting box hanging on the front porch last month.
It's now obvious that mom and pop have a new family, and
that the eggs have hatched. Sadly, I can't see inside so have no idea how many
nestlings are tucked in there, however, by the sound of the "feed me" cheeping when
the parents arrive with food, there are several. Chickadees usually lay 5-7 eggs
and have 1-2 broods per year.
Here a parent is doing a little housekeeping by removing poop! Clean little
birds - the wrens do the same - whereas finches never do housework and
leave behind very messy nests when the babies fledge.
I can now sit outside on the porch very close to these birds and watch
their comings and goings close up - they don't appear to be nervous at all.
These parents are quite amazing, flying back and forth non-stop with grubs,
worms, flies and other delicacies. Would love to see the baby birds fledge, probably
will happen later this week, but it's hard to know exactly when so I may miss the
joyful occasion. I just hope the little family remain safe and I can enjoy even
more sweet little Carolina chickadees in my garden.
The busy garden this morning.