May 11, 2022 at 11:49 am #24348NickNackHummerParticipant
As I said in a previous post, I have two nest boxes. I am not able to see one of them unless I’m outside. I hadn’t seen any activity around the box, though, and hadn’t been checking it. I checked it on Thurs., May 5th, and there’s a Carolina Chickadee nest inside. It looks finished except that it doesn’t have the layer of fur on top. I checked again on May 9th, and it looks exactly the same. I took pictures both times, and the nest is identical in both pictures.
I have no idea when the nest was started. Also, on May 9th, I set up a camera facing the nest box. It’s very close to it. There hasn’t been any bird activity around the box in the two days since I set up the camera. Should I go ahead and remove the nest? It seems like if they’re still working on it they would have gone back to the box during that time.
I love Carolina Chickadees and was so excited to find the nest. I’m disappointed that it looks like they have abandoned it. Why would they have done that?
East TennesseeMay 11, 2022 at 10:05 pm #24352JulieParticipant
Carol, I would not give up yet. I had 3 chickadee nests started in 3 Gilbertson boxes in my yard. One had an egg, then right before I put on a hole reducer (was about to go outside to do it), a bluebird went in. The chickadees left the egg & never returned. The egg eventually disappeared, but the nest remains–moss, fur on top. I’ve seen chickadees going in & out this week, so who knows. Meanwhile, I hear chickadee babies in a bamboo box in the Japanese maple. Chickadees love that box but I can’t check it during nesting. I checked the backyard box 2 days ago and a chickadee egg was in it. Yesterday, still 1 egg. I had pruned the butterfly bush nearby (like a small tree), so figured I spooked them. I thought, great, they’ve abandoned again. Then today, the female chickadee was on the nest when I checked. So clearly they’re using that box. I must have a 2nd nesting pair!! A dream come true.
I share all that to say that I had given up, too. No activity, figured it was over, but left the nests just in case. So glad I did! Have you read the Sialis page on chickadees? http://www.sialis.org/chickadee.htm
They say they abandon nest easily because they’re used to being bullied by other birds. I’d say just wait. Is there a chance your camera is spooking them?May 12, 2022 at 7:51 am #24363NickNackHummerParticipant
Thank you Julie. That is so encouraging! I had read the information on sailis about chickadees, but I just read it again through your link. I’ve also read about the nesting habits of Carolina Chickadees on AvianReport.com and NestHollow.com.
I don’t think the camera could have spooked them. They hadn’t touched the nest in at least two days before I set it up. It’s a very small Blink camera attached to my screened in porch. It’s not very noticeable.
Thank you so much for your help.
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