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Julie



Joined: 15 Apr 2012
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Location: Romford Essex

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:27 am    Post subject: Great and Blue tits nesting Reply with quote

Blue tits started to nest on 10th Mar and Great tits 5 days later. Yesterday I noticed both Great Tit parents in and out of the nesting box all day. Is it possible chicks have hatched so early? I am in Essex and we had a very hot March?

Julie
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Strixaluco



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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Location: Mayford, Sy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Julie, and welcome to the Forum.

This is much earlier that we've ever seen for Great Tits, but I've just checked in my reference book about nesting times etc, and to my surprise it says that the breeding time for Great Tits starts in February in the south.

Usually when the chicks are very young, the female stays with them nearly all the time, as they need to be kept warm, and the male provides the food for them all. As both parents are flying in and out, it sounds as though the eggs hatched several days ago. Hope all goes well for your family - you may eventually see a chick peeping out of the hole. Smile

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Julie



Joined: 15 Apr 2012
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Location: Romford Essex

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:48 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thank You Elizabeth I will keep you posted. In contrast the blue tits showed very little activity apart from the morning when I saw her taking some of my dogs hair into the nest
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