There’ve been some changes in some of the nests. Some of what were once chickadee nests are now bluebird nests and four new eggs have been deposited.
Here’s what I found on Tuesday, April 7 on my weekly inspections of the nest boxes.
The Cow Pasture nest has seen a very minor addition to the single pine needle that I found in the nest box last week, another pine needle. And the original had been moved, the spare furnishings have been rearranged.
Slight rearrangements have been made to the Bungee nest as well. A bit more soft material has been added to this chickadee’s nest, but still no eggs.
Here’s where things get interesting. The chickadees have added 3 more eggs to the two that were in the nest at the Sailboat Pond last week. I don’t know if the female is done laying and ready to begin incubating. She wasn’t sitting on the eggs when I approached the nest box, so it may be that she’s got one more egg in her before she’s ready to sit.
It looks as though the Amphimeadow nest box, which was started by a bluebird, worked on by a chickadee, and finished by a bluebird, is going to remain a bluebird nest. I wasn’t quite sure which way this nest would go, bluebird or chickadee. Last week the nest was sort of a mish-mash of moss and pine needles. It appears the bluebirds have now made the choice, a nice cup has been formed in the nest made from grass and pine needles, bluebird all the way.
The Picnic Dome nest, which been a bluebird’s nest from the beginning, has acquired an egg. The female flew out of the box as I approached. There’ll probably be more eggs in the box next week.
An lastly, the Butterfly House nest, which has had chickadee nest written all over it for the past two weeks has been taken over by a bluebird. I thought it strange that a chickadee would nest in this box, which has had bluebird nests in it since installation. The nest box is in an open situation more suitable to bluebirds, and sure enough, bluebirds now possess it.
Things are now back to normal. We have two established chickadee nests, one at the Bungee Jump (Take Off) and one at the Sailboat Pond. The remainder of the nest boxes, whether started by chickadees or bluebirds, are now confirmed bluebird holdings.
Two nests have eggs. One bluebird egg has been deposited in the Picnic Dome nest box, and there are currently five eggs in the chickadee nest at the Sailboat Pond.
I’m not sure what will happen at the Cow Pasture nest box. That nest box has been used by bluebirds exclusively for the last four years. There’s still time, plenty of time, so we’ll have to wait and see what develops.
See you next week.