|Our newest additions|
I was startled yesterday to have the parent stand up to show me both chicks, cuddled together for warmth. After 5 years with presumably the same parents, the adults are bored by my arrival and have learned to get up for pictures in order to make me leave.
Our bluebird boxes now have chicks and one has its second nesting of the year, having fledged the first set. The one above is waiting for food, or maybe just encouraging its last sibling to come out of its shell.
Our Joplin correspondent Karsen sent the picture of a chickadee nest in a bluebird box. You can tell if it is a chickadee nest without seeing the bird. The eggs are speckled (similar to a nuthatch's) and the nest has a distinctive moss basement with a grass cup above with plant down and feathers lining it.
|Killdeer nest - Karsen|
* Karsen Bell is a 15 year old nature photographer from the Joplin area and a regular contributor to this blog.