Thursday, 14 May 2009

Great Tit Update 1b

Before leaving for work this morning I checked up on the the Great Tits. Initially there appeared to be no activity and no sounds coming from the box, the only noises were from a Magpie at the bottom of the garden. I just hope he's not on youngster watch as well! So while I waited I sniffed the first blooms opening on the climbing Rose Mme Alfred Carriere .....mmmm lovely fragrance.
And on the same part of the fence this Clematis montana is in full flower, but as it was not pruned at all last year I guess our neighbours are also benefiting from this seasons beautiful display as two thirds must be hanging over into their garden.
Within a few minutes the male returned with breakfast and entered the box. Then the female flew onto the top of the bird feeder pole directly in front of me and continued to stare towards the box and was constantly calling. I had the feeling that this was 'D' day but I couldn't dally and departed for work.
When I returned home tonight Anita said that she believes the youngsters have fledged as she had a very brief sighting of one juvenile at around 10 a.m. and whilst one of the parents has returned to the seed feeder there have been no other sightings of their offspring and no sounds from the nest box. So we wish the new born every success and hope they find a dry place to roost as the wet weather has returned tonight.

9 comments:

  1. Nice series! Love the bird photo.

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  2. Yeah! Successful fledging. Good thing you got the previous post's shots when you did! Lovely rose too...

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  3. Let's hope they all fledged successfully Frank, and pop back to see you soon.
    Must be a great feeling to know you've helped future generations make a start, with the nest box.

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  4. Doesn't work get in the way of the important and exciting things in life!

    Lovely to know they've had a successful brood and hopefully they'll be around the feeders!

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  5. Hi Mona, Kelly, Keith & Tricia.

    Obviously if the young one re-appear we will try to take their portraits. Now it will be safe for the neighbours to go ahead and replace the panel fencing without risk of disturbance.

    Have a good weekend. FAB

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  6. Frank fantastic Blog, always worth a look in,enjoyed the visit.
    Great.
    John.

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  7. John. Thanks for staying up so late to visit. Cheers.

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  8. At least they had a successful nesting so that's great! Sorry you didn't get to see them fledge though. I'm sure that would have been a treat.

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  9. Hi sharon. I agree but it would have been special to actually see & count them leave the box. Next time maybe!

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