|Squirrel wants a nest box, too! -- Parc Perlière -- James Island, Charleston, SC -- July 9, 2013|
|Her first attempt occurred in 2012 until she decided to nest in the duck box! -- Parc Perlière -- Charleston, SC -- November 3, 2012|
|Young squirrels ready to leave the nest box -- Parc Perlière -- Charleston, SC -- November 2, 2012|
Well we are fairly tired of hosting the squirrels as they are fairly bad tenants. So after the birds' nesting season was over, Carl responded last summer by removing the door to the bluebird box and by removing the wood duck box from its post. Seriously, the squirrels do not need our help reproducing! We host an excessive number in our yard.
This month, with the new nesting season fast approaching, I urged Carl to set up the bird boxes again. We hope that nesting birds will defend the nest box from the squirrels as they have done in the past. And so Carl spent this past weekend making a new door for the bluebird box, running new electrical conduit underground out to the duck box, re-installing the duck box and the cameras and programming the video monitoring software. Within minutes of the door installation, a Carolina Chickadee was spotted checking out the bluebird box! Carl finished the whole project late Sunday. And the very next day, when Carl checked the software, we found 2 events had been recorded -- one for each box! A Carolina Wren had investigated the bluebird box! Though not a great photo, we were excited to know that the birds are showing an interest. Both Carolina Chickadees and Eastern Bluebirds have nested in this box, and one winter, a female Downy Woodpecker used it as her nightly roost but she never nested in the box. And neither has a Carolina Wren. So it would be fun to watch a Carolina Wren this time! Who knows ... time will tell who our new tenants will be!
|Carolina Wren checks out the birdbox! -- Parc Perlière -- Charleston, SC -- February 10, 2014|
Monday, the Wood Duck box had a visitor, also! And it was not furry and it did not have 4 legs! Hooray! I think this girl was a watching and awaiting!
|Wood Duck's first visit to newly re-installed box! -- Parc Perlière -- February 10, 2014|
This was quite a nice immediate reward for a long weekend project! Now, we are impatiently waiting for our birds to make up their minds that they are ready to make babies. We look forward to sharing with you images and videos on the blog. Helping to provide suitable habitat for the wildlife in our yard is quite important to us. It is icing on the cake to have an intimate look into this phase of their lives -- watching them take care of their eggs and babies without disturbing them! Stay tuned -- there will be more nest box stories photos and videos to come!