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Blue tits nesting again in East Sussex
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Sheena



Joined: 23 May 2005
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Location: East Sussex

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To reply to SueP, the mealworms seem to stay on the tree stump, but they do get eaten pretty quickly (I don't put out a very large portion at any time). The blue tits are spotting them very quickly now once they are put out, so I think they are getting most of them.
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SueP



Joined: 08 May 2008
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Location: Ferndown, Dorset.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for them Sheena, think my blue tits are too stupid to notice even if I put them under their noses (sorry beaks) Roll on the floor laughing I have'nt seen them go near any mealworms or waxworms. Presumably they are getting enough food elsewhere.
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sammi



Joined: 24 May 2007
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sheena
Hope they make it to fledging day Fingers crossed Fingers crossed
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hfriel



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully the last 4 will make it, best of luck.
Wonder why they are all dying though...any ideas?

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Sheena



Joined: 23 May 2005
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Location: East Sussex

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Latest news Reply with quote

Thought this might amuse you - the turbo-charged blue tit exiting the nest


Mrs Blue Tit in a hurry
Mrs Blue Tit in a hurry
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and the robin waiting his chance to sneak in and steal the mini mealworms


Robin waiting his chance
Robin waiting his chance
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The four remaining chicks are still there as you can see (not a good photo, taken from the TV)


Four chicks and Mrs Blue Tit
Four chicks and Mrs Blue Tit
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and Mrs Blue Tit is still bringing in the mealworms


Collecting the mini mealworms
Collecting the mini mealworms
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The second order of mealworms and wax worms was definitely welcome. I wish I'd bought more wax worms, Mrs Blue Tit always took them first and, although they are fat, they are not as long as the mealworms, so the chicks seemed to be able to swallow them more easily.

There is one big chick who is dominating the nest, and one who is very small and quiet - I have been worried about this one, but I think it will be OK. The big one has started wing-beating - I haven't seen the others do much. I think they will fledge either tomorrow or the day after - will let you know.

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Sheena



Joined: 23 May 2005
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Location: East Sussex

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen said "Hopefully the last 4 will make it, best of luck.
Wonder why they are all dying though...any ideas?"

I think the problem has been the weather, very dry until the end of last week so not many insects around.

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SueP



Joined: 08 May 2008
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Location: Ferndown, Dorset.

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loving the turbo charged photo Sheena, know only too well how hard it is to capture these streaks of lightning Roll on the floor laughing . I seem to spend all my time sifting through blurs of photos to find a half decent one lol. Hoping your 4 make it to fledging. Keep us updated.
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blueeyedchick



Joined: 15 Mar 2013
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Location: LEICESTERSHIRE

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't we having some lovely photo's again this season with you & Sue, Paul, Sammi etc. Wish we could make some form of calendar from the best to sell and donate proceeds to wildlife!

Don't know why chicks die other than lack of vital Caterpillars (which I believe have all the best ingredients for the Bt's) Poor weather may play a part as you say as well as genetics. I suppose the weak perish first and if you can't keep up in the nest its natural selection for you!

Anyway Sheena hope the remainers will reach fledging. Fingers crossed
Kathy
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SueP



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calendar a great idea Kathy. Not sure mine make the grade this year but some others including Delilah's, Paul's, Sammi's, Phil's etc etc certainly do. Don't know who would make or sell it though. Any takers?
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pixa Print website do personalised calenders Sue. My idea was that we would only need 12 of the very best photo's to send up to them via the site, doesn't have to be this year's just our own personal favourites.
Each month of 2018 would feature one picture from each members selection.
Each member would tell me how many they want to buy from me before I place the order. I would of course put a mark up including p&p with members agreement. Then the profit from each purchase would be donated to a wildlife charity, members would agree to which one.

I thought they might make a nice gift for family or friends at Xmas and a nice memory of our forum.
If anyone is interested in doing it I will do a bit more research. Photo's might have to be emailed to me rather than them being taken from the site.

Anyway see what you all think?

Apologies Sheena for using your thread for this. If it goes further I will create a separate thread.

Kathy
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SueP



Joined: 08 May 2008
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over to your thread Kathy.
Sue
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Sheena



Joined: 23 May 2005
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Location: East Sussex

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Goodbye birdies for another year Reply with quote

Yes, they've gone. They left the nest yesterday morning - it's a good time as the garden currently is humming with insects in the warm weather.

We missed the first two leaving the nest. The third one left about 8am, leaving one bird who seemed very reluctant to leave its cosy home.


Shall I stay or shall i go?
Shall I stay or shall i go?
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The mother kept up a supply of worms, stuffing them into the chick. Eventually it hopped up to the exit and viewed the outside world.


There's a big world out there
There's a big world out there
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Finally, at 8.30, it flew off - straight out of the courtyard - and we haven't seen any of the chicks since (we have looked).

However, they couldn't have been far away as Mum continued to take worms away.


Will I ever have a life of my own again?
Will I ever have a life of my own again?
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Finally, the robin and blackbird enjoyed the last of the worms.


Mine, all mine...
Mine, all mine...
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... or maybe not
... or maybe not
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So we are now suffering from the Empty Nest syndrome - only another 10+ months before it starts again.

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SueP



Joined: 08 May 2008
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, lovely pics and great outcome. Roll on next year ha ha.
Sue
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super outcome Sheena glad all went well Banana! Wine Dancing -

Would you like to submit the one of the Blackbird to the Calendar we are putting together for 2018., there is no obligation to purchase the calendar Question

Kathy
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