So Long

Well, it’s been a while since the Red-breasted Nuthatches checked out the nestbox so I think it’s safe to turn off the camera stream. They’ve almost certainly found a different nesting cavity by now and hopefully are well on their way to a young family. Like a lot of cavity nesting birds, the male may find a nest site, but it’s the female who has final say over where their babies are raised.

About 2 weeks ago, the male nuthatch succeeded in getting his mate to check out the accommodations.  As you can see in the video, the female spent a lot of time jumping into the box and turning around inside, maybe judging the box for size. Whether it was the size or configuration or some other characteristic, she must’ve found the box wanting. I saw the two of them on the box one more time last week, but the new woodchips I put inside haven’t been disturbed since.

Good luck, little nuthatches! I hope I see you again this fall and winter!



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