|Steller's Jay perching on our deck railing, surveying the area for a nesting site|
Last spring chestnut-backed chickadees built a nest in this birdhouse. This year they're back. And in addition a pair of steller's jays have built a nest in the rafters above our basement deck directly under the upstairs deck, only a few feet above the chickadee's birdhouse. The nest started with a few precarious twigs placed on a diagonal brace.
|The very beginning of nest building|
|Gathering twigs for the nest|
After a few days work, the nest was miraculously completed. Unfortunately, we have no view of the interior.
|The completed nest|
|Jay facing his nest in the rain—on squirrel alert|
There is also squirrel activity on the deck, much to the consternation of the jays
|The curious squirrel peaks in our kitchen window|
Meanwhile, the chickadee chicks have hatched and are peeping hungrily inside the birdhouse. Both parents fly to and frow, in and out, bringing food to their noisy young. If I come near the swaying house they flutter around making warning calls.
|Mother chickadee returning with food for her chicks|
|We hear chicks peeping loudly inside the birdhouse while the parents enter and exit|
|Chickadee protecting his house with chicks inside, while I snap pictures nearby|
|Another mom sitting on her nest, also made of twigs, outside Jeanette's house in Walnut Creek|
HAPPY EARLY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL