I was checking one of the Bluebird nests. Thought it was empty until a mama Black-crested hopped up a little and hissed at me. She was laying eggs!

Tale of titmice family

GET OUT – Black-crested Titmouse protecting her eggs

Needless to say there were some “U”s on the submission form for this day. Parent didn’t leave nest with noises and tapping the nest box. This was from March 29, 2018. She layed 4 eggs and successfully fledged 4 Titmouses.

Black-crested Titmouse 4/10/2018

While monitoring the nest boxes in my yard, I always use my cell phone camera to see into the nest as they are too high for me otherwise. She stayed on the nest for the quick check and Photo op.

Bleack-crested Titmouse Baby

A quick shot with my cell phone during monitoring a nestbox in my backyard.

wren chicks in nest in paint mask in garage

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology