Nesting black-crested titmouses: Eggs, incubation, and 5 tiny chicks

April 12, 2021

It’s time to catch up with the nesting black-crested titmouses we first met a few weeks ago when they were beginning to build their nest: https://texasbackyardwildlife.com/nesting-titmouses-days-1-2-building-a-mattress-of-moss/.

This video – “Titmouses, the Sequel”? – shows Mama completing the nest, lining it with fur (perhaps from a fox? (https://texasbackyardwildlife.com/a-snoozing-fox-meets-a-plucky-little-titmouse/ ), laying 6 beautiful eggs, and – 2 weeks later – helping her brood hatch.

As we write this, the chicks are 3 days old. Only 5 of the 6 eggs hatched; one remains in the bottom of the nest. The little ones are completely helpless but they’re growing fast. The parents are feeding them caterpillars and spiders and other bugs, which are plentiful. Things are looking good.

If you’d like to watch the titmouse family on our live stream, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDWRDnVsCe4.