As we have spent time watching the Carolina Chickadee nest, we have seen both Mom and Dad returning to the chicks repeatedly with insects. The chicks eat all day long. We noticed that as the mama brings in food, she often leaves the nest with something white in her beak.
We did some research and learned that this is a fecal sac. It is a self-made, organic birdie diaper. The sac keeps the poo contained and mama keeps the nest clean by taking out the dirty diapers. Sometimes as many as 60-70 per day.
This keeps the nest clean and free from bacteria that can cause illness and attract predators. Isn't nature fascinating!
Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs!
Our season started on March 27, 2019, when students cleaned out the boxes to prepare for the season.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
When we arrived to clean the camera box, we found that a Carolina Chickadee couple had claimed this box as their home. Within a few days eggs began to appear.
Lights, Camera, Action!
With no time to spare, we installed the camera and began to record while waiting for the ability to stream live.
After many false starts, we began streaming our bird box cam live this week. Check it out!
CES Bird Cam