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loz1960



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:02 am    Post subject: blue tit fledgeling Reply with quote

Hi, In came home from work today at 1pm, went to let the cat out only to quickly entice him back in again as i heard what sounded like a small bird chirping. So i then discovered the noise was from my neighbours bushes. The next thing 2 bluetits were try ing to feed the young one but it was trapped, eventually my neighbour returned and she managed to free the bird and handed it to me through the fence as she had no interest in caring for it. I placed it amongst the shrubs and quickly the parents started to feed it...................i took a few peeps at it and it did not seem very big at all but was still making lots of noise and was not moving very much, i stayed on guard for about 3 hours. I then decided it could not stay there all night so i managed to take down an old blue tit box lined it with some fur from my sheepdog and cotton wool popped the baby in and managed to secure it to the post where it had been. The parents found it and after a short time went in and out with food. they were still in and out untill around 9pm. Will they stay with it in the box tonight. what to do next? I wont sleep tonight worrying. Any answers? thanks
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Strixaluco



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Location: Mayford, Sy

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello loz, and welcome to the Forum. I'm relieved to hear that the parents found the chick - the usual advice is to leave it to the parents in a situation like this. Well done for putting the box where the chick was found - the parents probably heard it cheeping.

The mother stays in the nest box with the chicks for some while after the eggs hatch, but eventually she starts roosting elsewhere, leaving the chicks by themselves at night.

Things are looking good now, so I suggest you watch from a distance, and let the parents get on with caring for the chick. If you'd like to offer any food, (live) mealworms are usually very popular.

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Joined: 22 Dec 2008
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Location: Ribble Valley, Lancashire

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Loz, as Elizabeth says leave it to the parents. Sounds like you've done a sterling job there as it is Applause
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