I had a Chickadee inspecting my box a month ago. Although calling away, it couldn't convince it's perching nearby partner to come in and take a look.
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A Titmouse went in and out several times yesterday, spending several minutes in each time. Then it started perching and singing in several nearby spots but couldn't attract a girlfriend.
Judi Sierra- Oakland
--- On Wed, 3/10/10, Phila Rogers <philajane6@...> wrote:
From: Phila Rogers <philajane6@...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] RE: [EBB Sightings] Chestnut-backed Chickadee nesting
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 4:29 PM
Maybe it's one of those years as this
morning I caught sight of a chickadee exiting one of my
nesting boxes. Also a cal towhee was doing the 'come
hither' display on my deck.
So in spite of the thermometer reading 37 degrees this
morning, spring has started its head-long rush.
--- On Wed, 3/10/10, Rusty Scalf <rscalf@...>
From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RE: [EBB Sightings]
Chestnut-backed Chickadee nesting
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 3:44 PM
This is really interesting and would
appear to be extremely early.
In Birds of North America, Chestnut-backed Chickadee
nesting dates are
reported as follows:
"Egg dates for California March 12 - June 7. Height of
season April 7 -
" In California at Tilden Park, Contra Costa Co., mean date
of first egg
for P.r.barlowi over a 22 year period (n=430) March 25 +- 9
To: sightings@diabloaud ubon.com
Subject: [EBB Sightings] Chestnut-backed Chickadee nesting
I installed a nestcam box on Jan 1 under the eaves of my
Chestnut-backed Chickadees started checking it out on Jan
13, and nest
construction started Feb 25. I put wood chips in the
box, which were
quickly cleaned out on 2/25, then redwood bark shreds were
brought in, and a
circular shape was constructed. I first saw 2 birds
at once in the box on
Feb 27. It was slow going until today, March 8, with
speed ahead. With the camera I am watching and
hearing them on TV. Other
materials include feathers and dog hair. I will post
Also, on my bike ride today Orange-crowned Warblers were
Redwood Road, south of Pinehurst Road, the first ones I've
Spring. I have not yet detected an Allen's
Hummingbird in my yard. They
are usually here in late January or early February.
There was a Rufous
Hummingbird yesterday at my feeder. Where's the
There was a Yellow-rumped Warbler in my yard on Jan 2, the
first in my yard,
I've been here in the Oakland hills for 19 years.
That was yard species
Oakland, near Skyline and Shepherd Canyon
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