I think it's finally here for real. I know that because the birds have started nesting and we are ready to kick off another baby bird watching season.
If you are new here let me explain. We enjoy watching the birds around our property. Shortly after we moved here Chris put up Bluebird nesting boxes and in 2008 I started tracking the bird activity in them on the blog. We primarily get Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows in the boxes but also get an occasional Chickadee or Tufted Titmouse nest. Here's a post that will show you the map of where the boxes are located on the property. 2013 was our worst year. We only fledged 4 Bluebirds the whole season. All of the other nests were destroyed or abandoned. Weather seemed to be the biggest culprit last year. In 2012 we fledged 15 birds, mostly Tree Swallows. In 2011 we fledged 22 and 19 in 2010.
A Chickadee has started a nest in box 3 and is making fast progress. I expect the first egg in a couple of days. I know it's a Chickadee because they build nests with moss......and I saw the bird near the box. I also saw some Tree Swallows hanging around box 1 so hopefully we'll see a feather-lined nest there soon.