Time to Nest

A Carolina Chickadee (one of a pair) inspects a potential nest-hole in Catch the Wind.

If there was any doubt as to whether or not winter is behind us, the cheerful singing of the cardinals, titmice, Song Sparrows and chickadees should belay those thoughts.

Woodpeckers and nuthatches are working on drilling nest-holes, and titmice and chickadees, who are not as well equipped for drilling into wood, are hunting for old nest-holes left over from last year’s spring flurry of activity by the woodpeckers and nuthatches.

The photo above is of a Carolina Chickadee giving the once over to a tree cavity that was excavated by a nuthatch last spring. The chickadee and its mate apparently were serious about moving in, I watched them throughout the day as they went in and out of the hole removing bits of debris, spring cleaning.

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