Every year, the Carolina Chickadees try to build a nest in one of our boxes. And, every year, their efforts are thwarted. The species that takes over is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Enough is enough! We had seen this type of PVC tube nest in Doug Tallamy's presentation. Dan found the design for it on the Cornell website. He recycled some PVC that we had to make this one.
According to Doug, chickadees feed their young entirely on caterpillars, and I want to help document that. Plus, we want to give the 'home team' a chance! The ETS (Eurasian Tree Sparrows) are an introduced species, not native here. And so the saga begins.
The box is filled with wood shavings and the pair work together in bursts of effort, removing the shavings to the right level for their mossy nest.
They carry it in different directions, and let loose the debris.
One (the female?) inspects and the mate brings in a special treat.
This is all part of the pair-bonding process between them. They are usually monogamous.
She accepts his gift and his fervor is increased! He feverishly gets back to business.
OH, NO!!! Please, not again!!! To be continued...