The Baby Chickadees Are Gone

We’ve enjoyed watching mama and papa chickadee busily carrying food to their babies. All through July, they zipped into the birdhouse with bugs and worms in their beaks.

As soon as one parent exited, the other appeared and darted into the house. Since the bird house was on top of a long metal rod, the bird house would sway slightly from the activity inside.

In my imagination, I pictured 2 or 3 hungry baby birds vying for the food the adult chickadee brought. I didn’t get the ladder and peer into the opening as I feared disrupting their lives.

We didn’t see the nestlings make their first flight, but suddenly it is August and all activity stopped. Since our 10-year-old bird house was falling apart, we removed it from the top of the pole.

The roof had a big crack in it and part of the wood had rotted away. Inside the bird house, they carpeted the floor with soft bits of moss that the parents had gathered. No sticks or straw like I usually expect in a bird’s nest.

My husband put up a new all-cedar bird house on a wooden pole. It is near a tree so they’ll have more shade, but convenient for us to observe from our deck. I hope they like their new abode when next summer comes.

Here's a woodpecker checking out the bird house. The chickadee parents quickly drove him away.

Here’s a woodpecker checking out the bird house. The chickadee parents quickly drove him away.

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I'm a retired librarian...photographer, online content creator, genealogist, and writer. My passion is convincing people to preserve their family history and to write about their childhood memories.

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