If you are relatively new to the blog you might be a little surprised to see bird nest posts show up. We have been hosting Eastern Bluebirds, Tufted Titmice, Tree Swallows and Carolina Chickadees on 3 nest boxes on our property since 2008 and I've been sharing progress photos during the breeding season each year. I know there are probably only about 4 readers interested in this but this is the best place for me to document what goes on here and Chris and I find ourselves referring back to previous years notes often.
If you want to see where the 3 boxes are located on the property you can see it in this post.
This one box with a few pieces of grass might not seem like much but we are more excited to see this than in any previous year. It was an unseasonably cold year and we know that we lost at least 7 Bluebirds because we found them dead in one of the nest boxes a few weeks ago. They must have gone in to roost away from the weather but the boxes aren't as insulated as a tree cavity and they froze. We were very sad.
We usually see lots of Bluebirds flying around here in the Spring but we've only see one pair so far. We think they might be looking at box 1. We think that this box is hosting a Chickadee pair. Time will tell. Some nests don't ever get finished and some are raided by predators. Only time will tell but at least it looks like we will have something to document.
This year's start date is in line with previous years. Nest building has begun between March 14 (2012) and April 12 (2009) each year.