I had never actually seen a Chickadee excavating a nest hole before. I looked up when I noticed bits of stuff raining down from on high. All I had was the tail view until he pulled out his head, and with a toss, spit out more sawdust. Then back in the hole he went. Let me tell you, he was working it hard.
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For years now, I have been feeling the loss of my Chickadees (possessive aren’t I?) from the winter temps. Up here on the mountain, it gets wicked cold and stays that way for days on end. (One year it was below zeroF for 3 solid weeks.) I yearned for some sort of winter roosting box, to give them protection. One year, Santa brought me 3 beautiful woven grass roosting baskets that I think he picked up in England , but the birds didn’t use them and they ended up rotting. Pity, really, they were charming.
Then last year my sister (laying her finger beside her nose and with a tip from Santa) gave me this convertible Chickadee nesting/roosting box. The door lifts open easily and you can flip it to have the opening at the top or bottom depending if you are using it as a nesting or roosting house. Cool, huh. This is the first year I have used it for winter roosting. ( Yes, yes the bottom perch is a stick, I lost one of the dowels and had to improvise.)
I am happy to say I have a flock of 14, count them, 14 Chickadees happily living in my backyard now and eating me out of house and home.