Jun 18 2012

New Tenants

Published by at 7:30 am under Nesting & Courtship

Remember Marcy Cunkelman’s bird house that hosted a family of chickadees last month?

After the babies fledged, the house was unoccupied.  The chickadees didn’t reuse it because they raise only one brood per year.

The birdhouse was vacant, but not for long.  New tenants have already moved in.

Above, a tree swallow peers out of the nestbox opening last week.

Inside, there are five eggs surrounded by fluffy feathers.

If all goes well there will soon be five mouths to feed.

(photos by Marcy Cunkelman)

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2 Responses to “New Tenants”

  1. Carlaon 18 Jun 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Are all the feathers from the swallow or does she collect them?

  2. Kate St. Johnon 18 Jun 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The feathers are from other species and are added after egg-laying begins. They orient the feathers so they curl over the eggs. Swallows sometimes compete over the feathers they find.

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