I was SO thrilled to see a chestnut-backed chickadee building a nest in the snag we left standing for this very purpose!
The cavity is under the highest bare branch near the top of the tree.
This mama was singing while busily preparing the inside for nesting.
We left the snag standing a few years ago at the suggestion of an arborist. We hired him to take down the dying Hemlock, but he encouraged us to leave the trunk and a few branches available for wildlife.
We’re so glad we did!
We’ve had owls and woodpeckers use it – see that here – but this is the first tiny nest building we’ve seen. I hope the chickadees are very happy in their new home. 🙂