How to I keep my black cap chickadee around?
Hi guys! I live right at the foothills of a gorgeous Utah mountain, so wildlife is never far. However, I am concerned about upcoming landscaping plans disrupting a little friend I have made.
Ever since we moved into our place a year ago, a sweet little two-pitch bird song has woken me up in the mornings and kept me company during the day. I just love this little song!
I recently went hunting around on the internet and found out that it is sung by the black cap chickadee. I have definitely seen these little guys hanging around! They are adorable and sweet, and I want them to stay.
However, we are planning a massive overhaul of landscaping this year. It is not just "for fun." We bought this house last year, on a short sale, and the previous owners had moved out and left the house basically abandoned. The yard and landscaping were allowed to get completely overgrown. Things weren't weeded, trimmed, fertilized. A few trees died, a few other things are basically beyond repair, and the whole place is essentially a jungle that needs some desperate maintenance. We started last year, and plan to finish the project this year. This is going to require removing some dead and unhealthy trees, bushes, and shrubs. Many are also horribly placed. It looks like the original owners went to the nursery and bought a bunch of tiny shrubs and planted them all on top of each other without realizing that most of the plants they chose would grow several feet high and tall! I have juniper bushes and boxwoods growing THROUGH each other because they were planted 8" apart!! Obviously, there is a lot that will have to go. I am really worried about disrupting my chickadees, though!
Does anyone have ideas about how I can create a comfortable place for them as we fix some of our landscaping? Does anyone have a picture of what their nests look like, so I can avoid removing any vegetation housing one of them? Any suggestions for what to replant that will keep the yard hospitable for them? How about food?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!