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Streaming video: chickadee nest hatching

June 10, 2011

Most FeederWatchers are very familiar with chickadees in winter, but have you ever seen nesting chickadees? As a cavity nesting species, it is very difficult to see what the birds are doing inside the nest. Now is your chance! Tune in to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestCams today to see chickadees hatching from the jellybean sized eggs. Three chicks have hatched (June 10), and three more eggs remain. The parents are alternating between making feeding visits and keeping the eggs and newly hatched chicks warm. If all goes well, the young chickadees will leave the nest in about 15 days (by about June 25). Tune in often to see these birds develop into the birds that we all enjoy watching at our feeders. Find a direct link to the chickadees here, or see other species including a Northern Cardinal nest with chicks in Texas, a Tree Swallow nest in New York, a Pacific Loon in Alaska, and many more!

This Black-capped Chickadee nest box hosts a NestCam in the yard of Frank and Bean in Ithaca, NY.

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