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Hooray! Blue Tits have laid.

Discussion in 'Pets Corner' started by edzbird, May 7, 2018.

  1. edzbird

    edzbird Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Oh dear - 2 have fledged today - it's too early - here's one at the bottom of the fence. Coco has to stay in.

    early fledgling.jpg
     
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  2. HAH

    HAH Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Eek - we had 2 bluetit chicks who tried to fledge last week, looked very similar...fingers crossed for your little feathery bundles...

    Ours disappeared within a couple of hours, I'm still hoping they fledged successfully rather than fed the local crows :(
     
  3. edzbird

    edzbird Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    I don't mind too much if they become crow food - they have to eat too, just don't want them to end up as a cat toy :(
     
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  4. Lara

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    We are in a holiday cottage in Suffolk for the week and today four blue tit chicks have fallen out of their nest in our garden - need to decide what to do with them as we can’t keep the Pig indoors for the rest of the holiday! I can’t tell if this was intentional fledging or a mishap, they look pretty young and are gaping for food...:(
     
  5. leejane

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    @Lara, I looked into this the year before last when we had a robin's nest close to the back door. One day we found the nest empty, but a baby chick hopping round the decking, apparently not able to fly. The advice from the RSPB was to leave them,it's quite common, and often the parents are close by looking on. When we got home from work the chick had gone, so we hoped there had been a positive outcome.
    If you can leave it another day they might take flight. Seems unusual that four would have fallen out accidentally?

    How are you liking Suffolk? We went there last September and felt a little underwhelmed.
     
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  6. Lara

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    Ah ok let’s hope they leave of their own accord...but they don’t look even able to hop, just crouching on the paving slabs gaping! Hopefully they are more mobile than they look!

    Yes Suffolk is nice but perhaps not our favourite place for a cottage holiday. We always go West (Devon, Wales, Cornwall) normally so East is a change but we had forgotten the sea is brown over this way and there are lovely views of nuclear power stations :rolleyes: but having a nice time lazing around and the cottage has a big fully fenced dog paddock which the Pig loves! And a completely secure garden, thank god, because it is pheasant central round here :eek:
     
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  7. edzbird

    edzbird Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    We have one left in the nest. It's looking much stronger - I hope it stay a couple more days, it's not showing any signs of wanting to leave.
     
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    Hooray! We had to move the chicks because it turned out we couldn’t even open the gate to get out the garden because they were in the way, and they couldn’t move or hop about and just clustered together shivering. So OH carefully picked them up with some tissue and put them in this little wire egg basket we had with kitchen roll and dried grass in it. He hung it in a bush near the main nest out of the Pig’s reach. And once they were in there they started chirping away and the mummy tit started to visit them again with tasty caterpillars and other insecty morsels :) I guess we may have delayed their full fledging for a little while but I’d rather that than them being a pig-snack.
     
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    selina27 Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Well done @Lara and OH, that's great!

    When I was a kid a swallows nest fell off the wall it was on in a barn ( I think the parents must have been beginners at making mud stick!) complete with baby swallows, my Dad made a tiny wooden box and went up to the roof on his ladder to attach it -- that worked too and they fledged successfully!
     
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    edzbird Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Last one fledged this morning while we were in the garden. It looks strong & parent was feeding it. It flew into a tree behind us.
     
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    selina27 Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Oh that's good news, go little blue tit :)
     

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