Fine Homebuilding

 

Last year I observed Black-capped Chickadees nesting in an old fence post. Today I had a chance to watch them at work excavating the hole.

They started with a rotten Sumac about 6″ in diameter, broken off a few feet from the ground. Nice punky wood in the middle. They had obviously been working at this for a while.

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In for a landing —

IMG_5607_16 Dive!

IMG_5609_14 It’s a full bird deep!

IMG_5608_14 Aaaaand out, with a beakful of wood.

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Repeat, taking turns, until the photographer gets too intrusive. They scolded me and after my retreat to the car, it was back to work.

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Categories: Bird photos, Nests | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Fine Homebuilding

  1. Betty Mulligan Frezon

    How wonderful. I feel I was there. Betty

  2. Upstate Ellen

    Great pics!

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