… cozy cottage, birch bark covered floor, nestled among protective pine boughs. Quiet neighborhood near ponds, fields and mature forested area perfect for raising fledglings. Food and fresh water regularly available a short flight away.
Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day! The day I make sure to have my chickadee bird house placed. With lengthening days in the northern hemisphere, birds are beginning to seek out territories. Black-capped Chickadees are pairing up and sizing up potential nesting-sites.
In nature, chickadees are unable to excavate their own nest cavities. They often take over tree holes excavated by woodpeckers. They busy themselves removing wood chips from the site. So, to make chickadee nest boxes more “natural”, place some wood chips in the box. They’ll clean out every scrap!
Last year my nest box enticed a chickadee pair that nurtured 7 eggs to mature fledglings. What will this year bring? It’s always a surprise. Sometimes good things happen. Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes nothing happens. All I can do is offer the best nesting site I can and then … watch.
Happy Valentine’s Day all you Love Birds!