I’m following Ricky and Lucy, my Black-capped Chickadee pair as they furnish the nest box they rented from me this spring.
Over the last several days they have been busily taking turns popping in and out of their nest box. Sometimes they even arrive at the entrance at the same time, cling to the entry hole and stare at each other as if to say, “You go first.” “No, you go ahead.” And then one pops in and the other flys off for a while. At times there is a lot of activity. Then for a while you may see them taking a break at the feeder. Or you may not see them at all. They seem to start work around 9:00 a.m. and by 4:00 p.m. they’re done for the day.
I say they have been “popping” in and out because that is how the chickadees enter and exit their box. They fly to the entrance, cling to the entry hole on the outside, then all of a sudden they quickly disappear inside. They exit the same way. You see their tiny heads appear on the inside of the hole and then they…POP out! Like a champagne cork! And they quickly fly away with what seems like a real sense of direction and purpose…what we in the business world call, “acting with a sense of urgency”.
Some sources say that only the female builds the nest. I am clearly seeing both birds enter and exit continuously. Not having a nest cam in the box, I have no idea what is going on in there. Perhaps Ricky is simply delivering material while Lucy is both hauling in nest material and arranging it to her individual specifications.
Ricky and Lucy graciously allowed me to take some photos inside the nest box they are furnishing in classic Chickadee style with a lot of moss!
Things are just beginning to get interesting.
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