A pair of Black-Capped Chickadees has been busy making a nest in the tiny cavity of this tree. They’ve been working hard at it. They were excavating the cavity–one would go in, emerge with a wood chip, and fly away. Then the other would do the same. This phase of nest-building can take a week to 10 days. After that, only the female will begin building the nest inside the cavity, which could take up to another 2 weeks to finish. So it could be a while before there are eggs in the nest. I offer nesting material in my yard to the birds in the spring–maybe she’ll find my stash and use it for her nest.
Yesterday, after watching the Chickadees for a few minutes, I took a walk in the woods. I found an area where an owl or a hawk had recently enjoyed a tasty songbird. I snapped a picture of the pellets left behind. Is there a way to look at pellets and tell what kind of bird they are from? I have no idea.
There were so many Dark-Eyed Juncos out yesterday. It seems like they should be leaving soon.
The chipmunks are definitely awake and they are hungry! This little guy just stuffed his cheeks over and over again yesterday. The chipmunks are destroying my yard–their little tunnels have made walking in some areas feel like you are walking of a layer of air trapped under the ground. But they are so adorable to watch.
The birds were busy at my feeders yesterday. A pair of cardinals hung around for a bit, and the Carolina Wrens were going crazy eating the dried mealworms I put out.
The wildlife is clearly busy with all their springtime chores. Maybe I should take a hint from them and do some spring cleaning of my own. Or maybe not 🙂