Monday, April 12, 2010

Black-capped Chickadee vs. Downy Woodpecker .... Conclusion 4/12

Here is a follow-up on the battle of the backyard nest hole. Both species worked on the hole from Friday 4/2/2010 until Tuesday 4/6/2010, after which I only observed the Downies at work.
Today, 4/12/2010, I could see one of the Downies was deep in the hole, hanging upside-down, working in the bowels of the tree cavity.
It would appear the Downies have this one wrapped up, but I am not sure which species started the work first. Though, I did recall seeing at least one Downy Woodpecker hanging out near this tree a few weeks before I noticed the work had begun on 4/2/2010. It might be difficult to see the nest hole, from the comfort of the deck, once the trees leaf out. Hopefully the woodpeckers will have a successful nesting season and I will keep an "eye out" to see if the chickadees have found a new home.

4 comments:

Brooks Rownd said...

Interesting. Hopefully there will be some nesting harmony now. ;)

Kim said...

Glad to see the Downy's have found a perfect place to nest Tom. Hopefully you will still be able to sneak peeks at them to see how they are doing leaves and all.

Larry said...

Nice observations-It's nice to watch bird behavior some times instead of just checking them off on a list.

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