Monday, 6 June 2016

Blue Tits: Fledging Update.


After the young Blue Tits fledged the nest box on 28 May (see previous post) the weather changed dramatically with lower temperatures and plenty of rain. Whilst there were occasional sightings of the parents visiting the feeders we had no idea where the family were roosting and we didn't see the youngsters again until they revisited the garden in bright sunshine during this last weekend. 

 


Most of the time they stayed hidden in the dense cover of the Hawthorn tree or in one of the nearby tall shrubs waiting patiently for mum or dad to provide some food. 


When they did venture partially into the open the lighting conditions were very harsh but here is a record shot of one of the youngsters getting fed. 


On Sunday one or two of the four youngsters occasionally popped out into the open allowing a closer inspection of their development.

With the heavy rain having washed many invertebrates off the leaves the adults (see below) topped up their own diet and that of their charges by visiting the fat feeder. Hopefully as the days pass we will see the juveniles feeding for themselves.

Linking to:
Nature Notes (# 366)
Wild Bird Wednesday 

11 comments:

  1. Lovely to have this record of your Blue Tits. I have been watching Blue Tits that had been nesting in a box next door but the parents came into my garden to eat the fat balls but yesterday I saw some of the young in the garden fluttering on a tree.

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  2. Lovely Frank, it's nice to be able to follow them once they leave the nest!

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  3. Like these birds very much! They are cute, curious and very clever =)
    It is so exciting to watch formation of baby birds!

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  4. Wonderful that you have been able to follow them through their growth. I like that last shot.

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  5. how wonderful to see them again. And thanks for sharing the photos :)

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  6. Lovely photos. They're so cute!

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  7. Lovely captures of the blue tits.

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  8. Oh I am so glad they had some suet too... So cute .. Michelle

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