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The BC chickadee built a nest and the House sparrows started to takeover as you can see in this picture. The HS finally left after a fight and the Chickadees are thinking about reclaiming their nest.


Nests in boxes

Unwelcome Takeover

Chickadee and House Sparrow

12 responses to “Unwelcome takeover”

  1. Texas Bird Family says:

    Still waiting for birds to use my nestbox. House Sparrows, European Starlings, and Carolina Chickadees have looked at it but no one has nested yet. Tons of baby starlings, House Sparrows, a baby cardinal, doves, and some baby finches at the feeder. I also heard some baby mockingbirds. My camera battery decided to die on Global Big Day so I won’t be posting tons of pictures until tomorrow when I get a new battery 🙁 It’s also raining so that complicated it too.

  2. Texas Bird Family says:

    Who did you want to nest? I honestly don’t care who nests in my box. I’d just be happy to have a nest that I can monitor 24/7.

  3. Paula says:

    It was intended for Bluebirds but the BC chickadees took a liking to it. The BC chickadees built the nest. I saw the chickadee go back in today. I also note some added fluffy stuff at the entrance hole. The chickadees were well established when the HS invaded and they were quite agressive. I’m hoping for Chickadee babies. My house finch eggs will be hatching soon.

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      Thats good. Did the House Sparrows just start guarding the box or did they start nesting on top of the chickadee nest? Did the chickadee nest have eggs yet?

      • Paula says:

        No Chickadee eggs yet. The HS j were very aggressive fought with the Chickadees..went into the box and tried to take over. At this point the Chickadees appear to be reclaiming their nest and looks like they are adding more nesting materials. Appears the HS have moved on. Hope the Chickadees are successful as they only have one brood per year and sadly don’t live very long to boot. My camera actually broke…just bought a new one. On 5-10-23 (no camera day) a Plieated Woodpecker landed in my Lilac tree. First one ever! Have seen them in the woods nearby and the cemetary.

        • Texas Bird Family says:

          My Canon Powershot ELPH’s screen turns white when I zoom over 8x. When this started happening the camera and the battery were hot. Not wanting my camera (or myself) to blow up I didn’t use the camera for a day (I used the Canon) and we ordered a new battery. We put in the new battery and the camera still doesn’t work.

          We also have a Kodak camera so it’s not the end of the world that the Canon doesn’t work but I’m curious what’s wrong with it. Any ideas?

          • Caleb Koser says:

            It’s something with your settings. I have a Canon Powershot EOS 42. It might have somthing to do with your ISO or shutter speed or how light your surroundings are.

          • Caleb Koser says:

            How much light…

  4. Caleb Koser says:

    Is it your phone or is it a digital or manual camera?

  5. Caleb Koser says:

    I see that you have a Kodak, is that digital or manual?

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