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Bird Fan



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 10:26 am    Post subject: Blue Tit Question Reply with quote

Hi

We have had blue tits nesting for the first time ever in our garden and unfortunately didn't think to install a camera box, so have no idea what is going on inside (definitely on my list to Santa this year!).

There are most definitely 2 birds flying in and out of the nest box to our nearby tree where I hang a filled coconut (their food of choice it seems) and they have been around for a couple of months now.

They normally take turns flying from the nest box to the coconut and occasionally will eat together, but more often than not, form a tag team to the food.

My question, as we have not had the privilege of blue tits nesting before is regarding what I saw yesterday evening....

2 blue tits flew over to the coconut, as usual, however one of them appeared a bit fluffier than the other and continually shook feathers, whilst the other bird fed bits of the suet to it - could this be a baby blue tit bird as I have not seen this behaviour before when watching them??

From following all of your wonderful blue tit nest box posts, most babies still seem quite small and still in the nest boxes, so might this behaviour just be one of the adults feeding the other?

I am desperate to know whether we do have any chicks, but have no idea without any sort of camera and working full time, I can only observe in the evenings and at weekends.

Hoping the experienced members of the forum may have thoughts on this.

Thanks

Lisa
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lisa

If the bird you were observing had not developed the bright blue/yellow colours of the adult BT but is more of a grey/green colour then it is a fledgling being fed by parent bird. This would have to be a very early chick as they only breed between the months of March to June, to coincide with the green caterpillars which are in abundance around this time. This can vary though depending on the weather conditions and whether spring is early or late!

If the BT has the full colour plumage of an adult then you are looking at pair bonding behaviour. During the season when pairs have nests the couples will feed each other and flap their wings in order to keep the bond of love going, you may even see mating if you are lucky, as they need to keep this relationship strong over the weeks when the chicks need both parents. I am seeing this in my own garden at the moment as we await the arrival of beaks!
Hope this helps
Kathy
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Bird Fan



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you kathy, that makes perfect sense now and how lovely of them to look after each other Smile

I am currently having sleepless nights now over our one blackbird chick, but that is another story!!

Lisa x
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