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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cuter than a Chickadee - Nest Tube Update

 Five little chickadee eggs equals....

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five little chickadee chicks.

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So, what's cuter than a chickadee? How about baby chickadees!

These little Carolina chickadees are in my chickadee nest tube I constructed last year. They are about two weeks old now and will be fledging within the next few days (between 16 -19 days).  As a matter of fact, today will be my last time peaking at them because at this age they could fledge prematurely if disturbed too much.

It's been fun watching the parents go back and forth into the nest cavity feeding their babies.

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Both the male and female take part in caring for the young. Carolina chickadees will normally raise just one brood a year. I'm looking forward to seeing the young ones around the yard this summer.

To learn more about Carolina chickadees check out these links:

http://www.sialis.org/cach.htm / http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Chickadee/id

 

12 comments:

Chandramouli S said...

Those are really cute! I remember your nest tube posts last year and also the ones for bats. Do you have bat babies too?

Kiki said...

Amazing post..this is magnificent! What beauties they are..AWesome!
Kiki~

Dave said...

Very cool Alan! I should build one of those for our yard. We have chickadees and titmice all over I bet they would like a custom made mansion!

cindyzlogic said...

ahhh...so cute! The eggs are so pretty! No doubt all chicks survived because of their safe habitat :-))

Andy Wilson said...

That is wonderful

dAwN said...

Awesome!

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Awe ... so adorable. I love chickadees. Love your nest tube and view you get of them in it.

Idaho Birder said...

Who new that tube shots could be so amazing?! I especially like the egg and chick shots consecutively like that.

Mary said...

Wow...love the shot of the five in the nest! I love Chicadees!

Alan said...

Hi Chandramouli, no, unfortunately no bats yet…I’ll let you know as soon as I do though!

Thanks Kiki!

You should Dave. You have the prime place to put one up!

Thanks Cindy, I would like to think so.

Thanks Andy & Dawn!

Thanks Debbie, Idaho & Mary for the complement. I was standing on a ladder so I wasn’t sure how the photos were going to turn out.

Angie said...

Oh, how sweet! I love Chickadees. I thought about building your nest tube but didn't get around to it. Chickadees nest in the trees around our home but I never find the nests, so I may just have to build myself a nest tube so I can observe them from egg to hatching.

Eve said...

I love this Alan! So glad I saw this post. Those babies are just so sweet and I have plenty Carolina Chickadees now that I'm in Alabama to use this tube. I'm putting it on my list!
Thanks!