Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bumblebees and chickadees: not good roommates

Photo by mjp* 
A sad but fascinating story over at Backyard Spectator. Last week, by happenstance, DKM and I wrote posts that complemented each other. I wrote about bumblebee queens finding a place to nest; she wrote about the mystery of chickadees abandoning her backyard nest box.

If you followed her comment back to her blog, you already know how she solved this mystery. DKM and Moe took the abandoned chickadee nest out of the box, and found it buzzing. They originally thought they'd saved a lost bumblebee, but eventually realized they'd uncovered her nest. 

Really, you gotta check out the pictures and story over at http://backyardspectator.blogspot.com/2012/04/bumbling-surprise-tale-of-woe.html

Honey pots and everything!


  1. Well, you know I loved THIS post :-).  Thanks for the plug. I just ordered Julie Zickefoose's Bluebird Effect from my local indie bookstore (I avoid Amazon at all costs), thanks to a book rec from your reader, Murr B!  

  2. Great! Murr and Julie are off on a grand birding adventure this very week!