Beds Garden Wildlife

Nesting 2016

January 1st 2016......At midnight the firework celebrations disturb the sleep of the two roosting blue tits. In the morning, a starling pays a first visit to the starling nest box.

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January 23rd 2016......five nest boxes checked out today! From top left, a pair of blue tits, a blackbird, a wren, a starling, and another pair of blue tits.

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March 11th 2016......both the blue tit in box 4 and the blackbird in box2 begin to bring in nesting material

edit : the blackbird abandoned nest building two days later.

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March 22nd 2016......the blue tit nest progresses nicely.

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April 8th 2016.....the blue tit nest is taking shape

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April 20th 2016.....Mrs blue tit lays her first egg!

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May 1st 2016.....8th and final egg laid. incubation begins!

May 11th 2016.....Day 10 of incubation, Mrs blue tit has an attentive partner!

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May 15th 2016.....the first egg shell is removed! The chicks are hatching!

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May 19th 2016.....six open gapes show 6 out of 8 eggs hatched. They are 4 days old

May 24th 2016.....six hungry chicks at 9 days old

May 27th 2016.....and then there were five. They are 12 days old

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May 29th 2016.....at 21:14 four seemingly healthy blue tit chicks........................

May 30th 2016.....at 05:30 mum leaves the nest after a night of vigorous nest cleaning and sadly only two are left alive. Perhaps an inexperienced mum?

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June 5th 2016.....after a final word of encouragement from mum and dad, the blue tit chicks fledge at 08:11 and 09:14 respectively.