Black-capped Chickadees Excavating a Nest Hole at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 26, 2019

While birding at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center I came a across a couple of hard working Black-capped Chickadees. They were taking turns excavating a nest hole in a dead tree along a path. They would chip away in the nest hole and then take a bill full of wood pieces from inside the hole carry them to a nearby branch and let them fall. I watched them from a distance for about 3-4 minutes. It was a beautiful morning out birding but bird action and species was slow in the location I hit. Images were taken on April 26, 2019.

The Black-capped Chickadee with a bill full of wood pieces…

The Black-capped Chickadee excavates in the bottom of the nest hole…

The Black-capped Chickadee excavates on the side of the nest hole…

One of the Black-capped Chickadees sits in a small tree a short distance away waiting for its turn to do some work in the nest hole…they just kept taking turns working in the nest hole…

Hanging on the nest hole opening looking and taking a break…

Checking out the progress…

Just after landing at the nest hole the Black-capped Chickadee takes a look around before working…

The Black-capped Chickadee excavates in the upper part of the nest hole…

The nest hole in the tree…

The Black-capped Chickadee on the side of the tree at the nest hole opening…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

2 Responses to Black-capped Chickadees Excavating a Nest Hole at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 26, 2019

  1. kathy says:

    I enjoy the sitting and waiting process. Imagine if you moved on…you would have missed a great moment with these two. thanks for sharing!

  2. Althea says:

    Thanks for sharing this ambitious project of our sweet chickadee. You never fail to thrill with bird and wildlife photos!

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