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jeelypieces



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Absent bluetit Reply with quote

As I have said, this is my first year with a nest cam. Frustrating because she moved the camera early on in the nest building, so we can only see about half the nest. However, she seems to spend long spells away from the nest, sometimes with her mate looking for her in the nest and calling for her. She is still roosting in the nest every night, but there does'nt seem to be much more activity. We saw a 'courting' pair on our bird bath but did'nt know if they were 'our' bluetits or just visitors. Comments welcome. Thanks
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Kit



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be that she's started laying (they often hide the eggs under the nesting material, so you can't always see them very easily). At this stage, the hen bird will lay during the night or in the early morning, but there's not much else for her to do in the nest box. She won't start incubating until she's laid her full clutch. Good luck!
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jeelypieces



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: Absent bluetit Reply with quote

Thanks for that information, really helpful. She had'nt disappeared, in fact I think she is incubating eggs now. Have seen two but there may be more which I just can't see. Hope she hatches some chicks. JP
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: Eggs Reply with quote

I am so enjoying my first season with a nestcam. My little bird has laid 9 eggs. I get anxious when she leaves the nest in case something happens to her. Her mate does'nt seem to feed her very often. I've seen what I think are another pair of bluetits on the bird bath and on some fat balls but they seem to be a different pair, as they fly off in different directions. Do bluetits not feed near their own nest? JP
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Kit



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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They always say that for every bird you count in your garden, you could probably multiply that number by up to 10. Someone I think it was the BTO once did a survey, ringing every bird that came to a particular garden. They found that, although the garden only appeared to have a couple of greenfinches visiting, there were actually more than 10 different individuals, and this was true for other species as well. So that blue tit pair we all call 'ours' might well turn out to be quite a number of pairs! Nesting density in gardens can be quite high, and your other pair could have a nest very close by. Your feeding station might just be the most convenient for them.
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jeelypieces



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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 12:21 pm    Post subject: Hatchings Reply with quote

My little bluetit hatched 7 out of 9 eggs. However she only seems to feed the two biggest ones. There is no sign of her partner doing anything to help so I don't suppose she'll be able to support all 7 hatchlings. Would it be any help to put mealy worms nearby for her? jp
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KathB



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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jeelypieces, we had 9 eggs and 8 have hatched as last Wedensday, they are all coming along really well now, both parents are feeding them.

We have a little dish filled with mealworms for them to make it easier which they soon found. We have covered the feedtray which the dish stands on with mesh and an entry hole only big enough for the blue tit, which ensures that our chicks are well fed and the sparrows are too big to get in, the chicks have grown so much since Wednesday and they are all the same size as eachother.

If you get some mealworms, lets hope that the biggest chicks are that stuffed it allows for the weaker ones to get some. Good Luck.
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robbiev



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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have lost the father blue tit from a brood in a nesting box we have been monitering via a small camera. Can we help the food supply for the mother could she feed 8 chicks or will she on her own manage to look after a few of the chicks or are they all at risk?

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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robbiev wrote:
We have lost the father blue tit from a brood in a nesting box we have been monitoring via a small camera. Can we help the food supply for the mother could she feed 8 chicks or will she on her own manage to look after a few of the chicks or are they all at risk?

robbie

Hi robbie, and welcome to the Forum.

We have a single parent in Box 1 - fortunately only three chicks have hatched out and they are now 4 or 5 days old. We are supplying mealworms in mini and standard size, and the female (Donna) is doing very well. We thought at first there was no hope for the chicks, because they need their mother's warmth for several days - but we're beginning to feel slightly hopeful that they might survive, and the warmer weather should help too.

I think your female will have a struggle to feed all 8 chicks - I'm afraid it's likely to be "survival of the fittest" in this case.

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robbiev



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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Elizabeth for your reply. A warning plain glass door owners blue tits cannot see em and like us you may lose a parent!
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jeelypieces



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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Mealworms Reply with quote

Thanks for the information about the meal worms but I don't quite understand how you get a hole just big enough for a bluetit beak. My little bluetit had five chicks left yesterday, but the three big ones were trampling all over the two little ones when the food arrived. Today, I think the two little ones are dying. She's feeding them quite a bit from my plentiful supply of fat balls. Can anyone tell me how long before they will be fledged? Thanks JP
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