Does anyone have reliable spots to find Black Tern and Upland Sdpipers this year? On Wed, while checking our nest boxes at the Manchester Rec Area, I decided to clean out the very messy box where Tree Swallows had fledged during the week. In the nest was a dead, almost fully feathered BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE!!! It looked to be 'fresh dead' - not in the box and trammed on by others for a week. So - I can only speculate that perhaps a BCCH egg was laid in the box being used by TRESs. They did the parenting, but the BCCH did not make it. Any other ideas???? Of the 30 boxes being monitored, this is the first year in 4 that we have a box with (still active) BCCHs, but quite distant from where the dead chick was. The other box activity includes 8 TRES, 10 HOWR and 2 EABL. Several nestlings have fledged. There are also 2 Cliff Swallow nests down from activity in past years of 8-12 nests.
E. Dorset, VT