After not having any visitors last year we were quite excited to hear some activity in the bird box a few weeks ago. More “Nest Box Visitors”
Crikey they grow quick! Just seven days old (well, one chick is 7, there are 4 who are 6, and 1 who is a little over 5) and the blue tit chicks have at least doubled in size, perhaps three times! Plus they have cute little tufts of feathers on their heads and you can clearly see the starts of the feathers on their wings. I’m pretty sure the oldest’s eyes are just starting to open now too. So, the rate of growth got me wondering how long they stay in the nest before fledging? In comes Google. For reference I’ve included the information below (for future years):
|Breeding Starts||Number of Clutches||Number of Eggs||Incubation (days)||Fledge (days)|
Normally just one.
Here’s a little clip of how they are doing:
And a cute picture of mum trying to keep the chicks warm, but it seems that all squashed together in the cup of the nest they are a bit too big to nestle underneath her…
So far so good, all six eggs have hatched and survived their first few days!
Despite my early worries about the parenting skills of the newly hatched chicks they’ve all got through their first few days. It was very tricky to count them all to be sure, but it’s just possible in this very poor picture (sorry 🙁 ) to make out six distinct yellow gapes. 😀 Hooray!
Our resident Blue Tit has finished her frantic nest building activities. She lined the nest with fluffy little feathers, and then before we knew it More “Easter Eggs!”
Hooray! Our video equipped nest box has seen some frantic nest building activity today!
Lets just hope she (or is it the guys who start the nest building to say “look what a great provider I will be!” to the gals?) lays some eggs and has some chicks… 😀
The pair of blue tits have hatched all 6 eggs! Its amazing how big the chicks have got in just a few days!
Watch for more updates!