Friday, April 28, 2017

Rockabye Baby


Early yesterday morning, as the sun emerged from the clouds over the horizon, the four note song of the Carolina Chickadee drifted through our window. The little birds looked as if they were doing their morning calisthenics, hopping from branch to branch. Only later did I wonder if their activity was a birth announcement.




They are nesting in a birdhouse located in the old dogwood tree near the front of our house. 
There is a quick glance out the door...




...before they take flight.




My first hint that the nestlings had hatched was when I saw the diaper disposal.
 Carolina Chickadees are very neat.


Carolina Chickadees in nest


Both parents feed the nestlings, and several minutes elapses between each feeding, so, like a bank robber timing the alarms, I calculated that I could get a look before the parents returned. As soon as one of the parents flew away, I set up a ladder, opened the hinged roof, and took a quick snapshot. In and out in 60 seconds.

At this point, the most predominant feature of the nestlings is their mouths, and considering how tightly the birds are packed in the nest and how quickly they get fed, it's good that the parents have big targets. The nestling's unopened eyes are only bumps on their heads and a few tiny feathers indicate their wings. Their are at least eight of them, and possibly one or two more.

Today we noticed that the branch that supports the birdhouse is rotten, and since rain and high winds are forecasted for tomorrow, we trussed the birdhouse up to a sturdier branch, while one of the parents looked patiently on.

We hope they sleep well as the wind rocks their cradle. We'll sleep better knowing that they're secure.


Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday




12 comments:

Felicia said...

Awwwww how totally sweet are these little fellows. 8 of them, WOW!!!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hello!! Lovely pictures.. Happy weekend..

Karen said...

You got some wonderful photos! Wow, that's quite a family of chickadees!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the cute chickadees and the baby birds are just adorable. Looks like a big family. Awesome shots. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post and gorgeous photos of the chickadees and Mom ~ thanks,

Have a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh how sweet! They are cute. I hope you don't get the worst of this storm- it is headed here this evening, but looks like it is stalled over your area.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That inside the nest shot is awesome and good for you for giving the next better support.

Jeanne said...

What great shots of these parents and their little nestlings. I am so glad that you strengthened the branch that is holding their nest, and know they will be safer. Love your share here. Keep us posted on these little birdies. Good they have big mouths so they can be fed quickly. Looks like it will keep both of these parents busy

Les Fous du Cap said...

Belle petite famille ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Marilyn Kircus said...

Beautiful and interesting post. Loved the diaper disposal shot and was awed by the number of mouths they have to feed.

Sharon K said...

This is stunning! I never imagined that chickadees had so many babies.
I'm glad you are not a real robber... you might be something to contend with. :D Lovely!

Jenn Jilks said...

They are so cute!