The second week in April and we have eggs, chickadee eggs, seven chickadee eggs!
All six nest boxes have complete nests within. Three chickadee nests and three bluebird nests. The nests at the Cow Pasture, Amphimeadow, and Picnic Dome all have bluebird nests but, as yet, no eggs.
The chickadee nests are at the Bungee, Sail Boat Pond, and Butterfly House. Two of them, Bungee and Sail Boat Pond, have eggs, four in the Bungee nest and three in the Sail Boat Pond nest.
There will most likely be more added to these nests, the first clutch is usually the largest. But, as always, we’ll have to wait to see what happens. The Butterfly House nest will most definitely have more eggs next week, it’s empty now. Unless something happens to the female between now and next Tuesday, there will be eggs in that nest.
The bluebirds? As mentioned, each of the three bluebird nests, the Cow Pasture, the Amphimeadow, and Picnic Dome nests, have finished nests inside. Although they’re eggless now, it won’t be long before I’m counting eggs in those nests.
The Picnic Dome nest, started by a bluebird, worked on by a chickadee, and finished by a bluebird, was topped off with a white feather. We don’t currently have chickens or ducks here at the Museum so it probably didn’t originate here. It has, of late, become popular to raise chickens within the city limits, as long as you don’t keep a rooster (noisy buggers). We are surrounded by residential neighborhoods. I’d say, someone close by is raising chickens.
That’s all the news that’s fit to print at this time. So, until next time, happy nest box watching!