We have had two successful nests on our house so far this year. The Robins have nested on the log corners in the front of our house several times over the past few years, and were successful once again this year. More exciting, however, was the Phoebe nest above our garage window, which fleged two chicks this year. The Phoebes have attempted to nest in various places on the house the last three years, but had yet to actually fledge any chicks due to interference from Blue Jays or other disturbances to their nests. We watched hopefully when the mother started sitting on eggs, and the chicks finally flew last week.
Over the course of the summer, we typically see many fledglings at our feeders, or nearby in trees waiting for mom to bring a bit of suet or bird seed. The most common young ones we see are Catbirds, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, and Rose-Breasted Grossbeaks. Come visit us this summer, and you will see, and hear, a host of songbirds in our back yard.
- Ben and Liz Ehrhart
575 Mountain Top Drive
Denver, PA 17517
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