Saturday, 6 June 2009

Blue Tits Breeding Success

Today I was able to get a few shots (through the window) of the local Blue Tit family visiting the fat feeder on the patio and confirms breeding success. There appeared to be four youngsters and one adult. One of the youngsters managed to hang on to the feeder.
The others either waited, partly hidden, in the Pittosporum or hung on for dear life above the feeder waiting ...
for the parent to feed them.

At this stage the youngsters are just happy to sit upright for their daily meals but as they grow they will soon adopt the acrobatic feats of their parents ... readily hanging upside down to glean insects etc. from the undersides of leaves.

We have also seen two young Great Tits BUT there is still no evidence that the Dunnock has actually taken up residence in the nest built in the Ivy so can only presume that the female didn't approve of the accommodation!

30 comments:

  1. These are fantastic photos! Clear and sharp. And such pretty little birds.

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  2. Terrific photos! I LOVE the last one. So cute, waiting for that tidbit. Good work.

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  3. Awww! How cute!! Great shots of them Frank!

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  4. Great pictures Frank. Some of your best.

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  5. These are a welcome sight to the garden Frank. Beautiful little yellow things, and quite noisy when all together, but not as annoyingly deafaning as Starlings.
    That last shot is a cracker.

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  6. Looks a good year for the Tits. Altough the weather could still have a big part to play in the survival rates. ( massive rain storm this morning and cold!)

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  7. A beautiful set of terrific photos, Frank.

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  8. Excellent images! The last one is timed just right too.

    Mark

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  9. What wonderful photos Frank! So sweet to see them feeding. :c)

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  10. Great photos Frank, a really lovely sequence!

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  11. Such great shots specially the last one is really cute:)

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  12. Lovely shots Frank, especially that last one.

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  13. Gorgeous post and fantastic pictures Frank... Superb, I'm so happy they managed to get four, that's quite good!! Well done.

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  14. Hi everyone. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed this series & particularly the feeding shot.

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  15. This is a nice post, I love the adult feeding the youngster shot.

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  16. Those are great photos and oh so cute! My Black-capped Chickadees have fledged and I see the parents a bit, but haven't caught a glimpse of the offspring. I am hoping to hand out in the garden tomorrow and see them.

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  17. A nice photo feast for the eyes! Just great!!

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  18. Fantastic photos of the juveniles - especially the ones being fed by the adult. It always good to hear and see breeding success among the birds.

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  19. Glad to hear (and see) that the Blue Tit nest was a success! Love seeing those young birds come in and beg for food (even though it's often right under their feet for them to fetch on their own!).

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  20. Steve B, Shellmo & Mick. Thanks, I was pleased to capture this activity at long last.

    NW Nature Nut. It's very rewarding to watch the fledglings. Hope you have luck with your Chickadees.

    Heather. Today they seem to be foraging on their own although I've only seen two this p.m!

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  21. Nice pics, I only saw my first BT young this morning. Nice blog too, I will try and drop by more. Mike.

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  22. Hi Mike. Thanks for dropping in & glad you enjoyed the look around.

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  23. Wow, what fantastic pictures..so clear and sharp. They look like they should be post cards!!
    Wonderful post!!

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  25. Wonderful stuff there Frank. I sure miss those little guys.
    Great to hear you were out and about with " Holding Moments " Keith the other day too.
    A fine pair of birders you both are.

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  26. Cheers Nick. The youngsters certainly keep us entertained. It was great to meet up with another blogger & spend a day 'birding' together. We plan to do it again before too long so keep your eyes peeled!

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  27. Perfect, Frank! I really loved the last two photos...so sweet and great timing on your part!

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  28. Thanks 'sd'. Great timing...more sheer luck, but worth the wait.

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  29. Beautiful images of these gorgeous little birds and their interaction!

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