Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chickadee chatter.....

Spring might still officially be a week away, but you'd never know it!

and I mean that in a good way!  Not the way that the poor folks back east are thinking the same thing.

definitely more  Tree Swallows showing up now, in fact I understand there is quite the swarm of them down  there this evening.

lot's of Dark-eyed Junco too, caught this one singing....I'm still watching for one of the 'odd balls' to show up.

But lets talk Chickadee's....yesterday when we visited Cheam Wetlands....

we caught this little Black-capped Chickadee busy excavating a nesting cavity.  Well today, the camera was a little too slow to catch the bird in the act....

but look how busy they've been!

look at the scattering of wood chips on the ground.  What these pictures should point out is the important role dead and damaged trees and shrubs play in the big picture.  Pruning everything to be neat and tidy and removing anything that looks dead is not beneficial to anyone.  Unfortunately this particular nest site is very close to a busy path so I'm not sure how successful it will be although they've obviously been able to do a lot of work, unencumbered by human activity.  One never knows what do to in these situations.  If you point out where it is located in hopes people will avoid it, they all tend to have to go and have a peek for themselves.  Since most people seem to be totally oblivious to what is going on in the environment around them, it is probably wisest to say nothing and hope for the best for the little guys.

So back wasn't just Chickadee's busy nest building....

a local dog owner had combed his dog and left the fur laying here, this pair of Common Raven were busy gathering it up to line their nest.

and to finish off today's theme....

we haven't seen a lot of Chestnut-backed Chickadees lately, but I did have a pair of them at my feeders late this afternoon.  That got me thinking, I've found a few Black-cap Chickadee nest sites over the years, but I've never seen a Chestnut-backed one.

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