What perfect timing—the little chickadees that settled into the nesting box under my porch eaves are now proud parents! (Well, I don't know how proud they are, but I'm proud...)
I can't see the babies yet, but I can definitely hear them, and occasionally, the box starts rocking back and forth from all of the activity inside. I know that not everyone's a bird nerd like I am, but I found some amazing photographs at www.sialis.org showing what things probably look like in the nesting box. Check them out here. There's a steady flow of traffic in and out as the male brings food, and when he isn't making deliveries, he's guarding the nest nearby; he sounds the alarm every time we use the front door. (Here's my original post about this sketch of the chickadees moving into the box. )
Wishing a lovely day to all of the moms out there; I hope that you are being fed and pampered as well as my little houseguests!
More "mother bird" news: My son (that I mentioned in the original post) has posted his first photos of the spotted owls he's studying this summer. Amazing!