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Chickadee Fledgling?

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  1. Yes, I'm in Washington - sorry, should have mentioned it - from Bothell, just northeast of Seattle. We have both Chestnut-backed and Black-capped, and both use this feeder. This one doesn't seem to have any chestnut color, however. And yes, perhaps the ruffled feathers are the result of raising chicks. I've had three pairs using my nesting box this Spring. Unfortunately, the last batch (Chestnut-backed) ended up with 4 dead chicks - I looked in the box after not seeing the parents using it for a couple of days. Perhaps something happened to the parents. Along the same lines, we had a Junco nest in a hanging basket of Fuschia on the front porch. Two days ago there were 4 naked chicks in it in the early AM, and at noon, there were none - only a fat Steller's Jay nosing around. I presume the Jay took them. Thanks!
  2. You are right about the round feeder - and the green feeder. I started those feeders out with a cheap generic feed from Fred Meyer's which turned out to be nearly useless. The suet feeder has a peanut/seed blend which the flickers love. The dove can't land on the green feeder, but seems to want to hang around in eternal hopefulness!
  3. "Feed me, NOW!" "I don't know if I really want to jump off this branch . . . "
  4. Generally I see big birds chasing off little ones. Here are two exceptions. Maybe it's just because the Doves and Flickers are not aggressive?
  5. Is this an immature black-capped chickadee? It seems small and the feathers seem ruffled and maybe not fully developed.
  6. Thanks! If it's the same pair, do you think that they are making a "second batch" or that the first try failed?
  7. Is this unusual behavior? I put up a chickadee nesting box at the end of last summer and it sat empty, of course, until this spring when it appears to have been used three times to date. The first use, back in March, was by a pair of Black-capped Chickadees. They seemed to build the nest and incubate for a couple of weeks. I couldn't tell if they were feeding any chicks after that, but there was suddenly no activity for a few days. Then a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees appeared, and there was activity all of April, including a good number of days of obvious feeding. Unfortunately I missed seeing the little ones. Again, no activity for a week or more, and now, beginning about May 3, it seems like there is another pair of Chestnut-backed ones using the nest. One has been going into the box for about 10 seconds, then leaving. I presume he is feeding his mate. This makes three pairs using the same nest this spring. I can't find any info about different Chickadees using the same nest in a season.
  8. I meant to post it in photos. Yes, that's a Chestnut-backed Chickadee and that's her(?) nest in the box. The Pileated Woodpecker was doing its best - to get at the nest I presume - before I scared it off by trying to take a photo of the scene. I thought this was of some interest, but if it's not appropriate, I'll delete it. 🙂
  9. Damage to a nesting box from a pileated woodpecker trying to get through the roof!
  10. Is this a young/fledgling chickadee? Seen on 4/18/20 in a tree close to a nesting box in my backyard in a suburb outside of Seattle, WA. Was one of about four birds flitting rapidly about. All smaller than an adult chickadee. A pair of black-capped adults had been using the nesting box, and now a pair of chestnut-backed adults is using it. If this is a young chickadee, which kind is it? There is a tiny bit of red on the top of the head, and there is no black head or throat (yet?) which is a mystery.
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