Looks like summer has definitely arrived in time for Memorial Day weekend here in Minnesota. It doesn't seem very long ago that we were wondering what happened to winter and now summer is here. We had storms on Saturday that dumped quite a lot of rain (which we needed) then a nearly record-breaking warm day yesterday (high of 89 degrees).
It's really nice to hear all the birds singing in the backyard again and I have some birdies taking advantage of the houses and nesting material I put out for them. Here's the cozy little nest the chickadees made with moss, grass and some of the alpaca fiber I provided for their use. There are 6 little eggs tucked into this fuzzy nest!
I took a look yesterday and here are 3 little baby chickadees almost ready to fledge. They are just the cutest little things! I'm not sure why the other 3 eggs didn't hatch, but 3 babies will be more than enough for the parents to take care of.
Mr. & Mrs. Eastern Bluebird also moved into one of my Peterson nestboxes. They built a nice multi-layered nest with alpaca fiber on the bottom, then some grass and lastly a good layer of white pine needles. This is the first time I can ever remember the bluebirds using white pine needles, but it definitely makes a nice, substantial nesting material for them.
There are 3 pretty blue eggs in here. They should hatch sometime in the next week.