I noticed the parents starting to bring food into the nest box the weekend of 17th May. I watched them one night, past 9pm still frantically feeding their brood. They also removed 5 or 6 faecal sacs one after the other, so that gave me a good indication as to how many chicks they had in there.
Last year the chicks fledged on 4th June, but there was no sign of them leaving on the same day this year. The weather didn't help as it was wet. On 6th June we had a family barbecue and spent several hours in the garden, the Great Tit parents still busily feeding their young. Fledging day was imminent I felt, especially when I spotted a wee beak poking out of the nest box hole!
|Busy feeding the noisy brood!|
|Peek-a-boo! One of the chicks has a look at the big wide world|
Today I finally saw the first of the fledglings, standing on the patio begging for food! I am hoping they will all start appearing at the bird feeders in due course, just like last year's young. I will try and get a photo if I see any of them.
I forgot to report on the Starlings. They had made their nest in the soffit area of our loft, and had poked out the plastic vent covers for easy access!
They were a noisy bunch, and the nest was right above our bed, so we spent a couple of weeks in the spare room prior to their fledging!
One morning I caught sight of one of the adults trying to tempt its young from the nest, their curious head poking through the vent holes, but they were very reluctant to go!
|Deciding whether to leave or not - you can see where |
the nest is located, twigs poking through the vent
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