Beware the squirrels as they may raid your nestlings. Sue Wetmore
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From: Jane Schlossberg <[log in to unmask]>
> Well, I am not sure, but I think I feel as though I have become a
> Yes, there is now a nest of miniscule, featherless hatchlings! They popped
> out sometime early this morning, and from a quick look, I cannot tell if there
> are two or three chicks. I took some photos, but they are so small and
> cryptically colored that it simply looks like some dried grasses inside the
> so I am not sure if it pays to post them. I will try to get some shots
> tomorrow, I am certain they will have grown a good deal by then! Right now, they
> are about the size of, well, I guess, a quarter.
> It is all very exciting. Mom is a very doting parent and will stay on the
> nest as I look in from a distance of two feet or less, though she darts off and
> flies back a few times. I confine my viewing to less than a minute or two
> once a day.
> I have not heard the male singing the past two or three days, but I do see
> him frequently searching for food for the female, and now for a nest of
> ravenous chicks.
> Several peewees must still be nesting nearby, as they are probably the most
> vigorous songsters in the woods here. Late arrival, and late nesters.
> Yesterday, as I sat reading on my deck, two scruffy chickadee fledglings fed
> on some seeds I had laid out for the red squirrel, chipmunk and gray
> squirrel that were feeding next to me.
> The male hermit also landed to grab a seed, but I think the presence of all
> these scurrying (not me) mammals spooked him off. Where's a camera when you
> need it?
> Well, sorry to ramble on about this event, but I am bursting at the seams
> with pride and excitement!
> Jane Schlossberg
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