Hatchlings | Week 7
This week, we had our first nest with hatchlings. This nest is a chickadee nest and there were 6 hatchlings. If you remember correctly, this nest also had 6 eggs, meaning that all of the hatchlings survived. While this might seem normal, it is not uncommon for hatchlings to die or get injured during the hatching process. Below, I have inserted a screenshot of this week’s data. As you will notice, we got much data on the species of the nesting birds! Out of our 34 nest boxes, 21 have nests, 11 have eggs, and 1 has hatchlings!
Some interesting things from this week were our boxes with 7 eggs. Usually, we only see boxes with 5-6 eggs and it’s rare to see 7. Usually our chickadees have more eggs, but I have only ever seen a couple nests with 7 eggs. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, all of the hatchlings don’t survive. On a better note, here’s a photo of the 7 eggs!
I also thought it would be funny to show you guys a photo of a nest with one egg, just so you could really see the difference in how much capacity nests can have!
Lastly, I wanted to mention another interesting quirk: our titmice never leave the nests. Even when I knock multiple times, the titmice just seem to hunker down and never leave the nests. That was just a little fun fact I thought I’d share since multiple of our titmice didn’t leave. Happy birding and see you next week!