May 262011
 

This is a ‘video diary’ of the blue tits which nested in our nestbox this year.

It is a sad saga, with ultimately only one chick fledging.  The female laid a clutch of 8 eggs of which 7 hatched; the first video of five below – picks up the story at day 4, the second video was at day 7, the third at day 12, then day 15 and lastly day 16. The remaining chick left the nestbox early the following morning…

 

 

The post script to this is that with all the mealworms we bought we have since been supporting a fledged family of great tits and a robin family as well.

If you have had birds nesting in your garden this year tell us how they have fared by posting a comment below.

  3 Responses to “Video diary of blue tit nestbox – 2011”

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  1. Paul

    these were in my garden today…

  2. Hi Paul
    Thanks for the videos, even if they did have me in tears…. Only 1 chick left after all that hard work by the parents, how sad.
    We have also been feeding mealworms to our birds as we have nesting sparrows, blackbird, starlings & robin in, or near, our garden. They seem to need this supplementary feed as I guess there just isn’t enough food around in the area. The blackbird waits by the back door for Malcolm to appear with the mealworm bucket & then takes 5 or 6 back to the young ones, arranged like the puffin’s eels in his beak.

  3. Hi Paul, we have had blue tits nesting in our bird box for a few years now, but sad to say this year when we opened it up after we knew they had flown the nest we found 3 little ones dead, so not sure how many survived, what we were thinking is our neighbour has been putting out fat balls, and I have noticed the blue tits going to them and returning to the nest, so not sure if this would be good for the young ones or not, but its great to watch them every year being so busy, and I love your video so we can see whats going on inside.

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