Nest Box

When this page is first displayed, a black box displays. It may take up to a minute before the live picture appears in its place. To watch on your Apple or Android device, you must use a browser that supports Adobe Flash. The Puffin browser works well, and is available free from the Apple and Play Stores.

There were two broods in 2017. Six chickadees fledged the nest box in May and four bluebirds fledged in July.

If the live webcam does not display, click on the alternate link below. (By clicking on the link, you will leave the St Philip’s website.)

Alternate link to live nest box web cam

Bluebird Fun Facts
While the male finds the nest box, only the female builds the nest and incubates the eggs.
Bluebird lifespan: Up to 10 years
Clutch size: 2 – 7 eggs
Number of broods: 2 – 3
Incubation period: 11 – 19 days
Hatching to fledging: 17 – 21 days
Diet: Mostly insects, wild fruit and berries

2017 Bluebird Timeline
Thursday, June 8: Bluebirds started dismantling old chickadee nest
Saturday, June 10: Bluebirds start building new nest
Monday, June 12: New nest almost finished
Thursday, June 15: First egg laid
Sunday, June 18: Fourth and final egg laid
Friday, June 30: First two eggs hatched
Saturday, July 1: Third egg hatched
Saturday, July 2: Fourth and final egg hatched
Tuesday, July 18: All four bluebirds fledged

Chickadee Fun Facts
Chickadee lifespan: Normally male, 1.8 years; female 1.5 years. However, some have lived 5 years.
Clutch size: 1 – 13 eggs
Number of broods: 1
Incubation period: 12 – 13 days
Hatching to fledging: 14 – 16 days
Diet: Insects (including eggs larvae); also seeds, mainly sunflower

2017 Chickadee Timeline

Tuesday, March 21: Chickadees started visiting nest box.
Saturday, March 25: Webcam made live.
Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday): Chickadees start nesting.
Monday, April 17 (Easter Monday): Chickadee start to sleep in nest over night.
Sunday, April 23 (Easter 2): 6 eggs exposed, mother sits 24×7.
Saturday, May 6: Hatching day: 5 eggs have hatched as of 1:30 PM.
Wednesday May 24: All 6 Chicks fledged

2016 Timeline
Sunday, March 20: Webcam made live
Thursday, March 31: Chickadees started building nest
Friday, April 1: Chickadees started sleeping in nest box
Wednesday, April 20: Chickadees had at least three eggs hidden in nest box
Monday, April 25: Chickadees had at least seven eggs in nest box
Monday, April 25: Chickadee starts sitting on nest continuously
Thursday, April 28: Chickadees had eight eggs in nest box
Monday, May 9: Five eggs hatched.
Tuesday, May 10: Sixth egg hatched
Wednesday, May 25: All six chicks fledged.

2015 Timeline
Friday, March 20: Chickadees started checking out the nest box.
Tuesday, April 14: Chickadees started building nest
Monday, April 16: Chickadees slept in the nest box.
Tuesday, April 21: First egg spotted
Tuesday, April 28: Tenth and final egg spotted
Sunday, May 10: First chick hatched
Monday, May 11: Tenth and final hatched
Sunday, May 17: All 10 chicks killed by sparrows

Background Story
In late March 2014, Rob and Jim put up a bird house, equipped with a webcam in front of their house. In 2014, chickadees laid seven eggs, and all seven chicks fledged. In 2015, chickadees laid 10 eggs, but all 10 chicks were killed by sparrows. In 2016, chickadees laid six eggs, and all six chicks fledged.


The camera is a miniature security camera with night vision. It is connected to a PC just inside the room behind the nest box.