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Day 148/365: Nesting blue tits [20180528|21:32]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Humuhumu made a bird box with her Granddad over the winter holidays a couple of years ago. We put it in the hedgerow when we got home, and promptly forgot about it.

Until a couple of weeks ago, when we noticed a blue tit seemed to be going in and out of it regularly.

The baby blue tits have hatched! We can hear them peeping inside, and this afternoon I got the chance to sit outside and watch patiently from the bench some distance away whilst the parents darted in and out of the box, carrying in food and removing waste.

A wild blue tit appears!

Blue tit with large green grub in its beak perches on the bramble just outside the entrance.

Blue tit looks carefully over its shoulder before entering the box.

A rare glimpse of both parents. One is sitting on the bramble whilst the other emerges carrying a little poo sac for disposal.

Parent in flight, leaving the box with poo sac in its beak.

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[User Picture]From: daphnep
2018-05-29 01:15 (UTC)
Wow! Those are great photos!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-05-29 20:27 (UTC)
Thank you! I took some more today, and thereby discovered that blue tits will eat spiders. Very big ones. O.O
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-05-29 01:55 (UTC)
How exciting!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-05-29 20:27 (UTC)
It is! I'm hoping they don't fledge on a day when I'm in London.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-05-29 05:25 (UTC)
Wow - that's great. Cool pics!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-05-29 20:28 (UTC)
Thanks! I got to sit outside with Humuhumu and enjoy watching them again today.
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[User Picture]From: belenen
2018-05-31 22:44 (UTC)
oh wow! those are amazing photos! and I never had thought about birds needing to clean their nest like that, such a cool method though! I wouldn't have thought they'd be so careful.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-01 21:55 (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, apparently quite a few nesting birds do this. The adults wait until the sac emerges and then grab it straightaway. Very tidy.
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[User Picture]From: meringues
2018-06-04 22:14 (UTC)
You got such great pics of the birds!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-06-05 11:57 (UTC)
Thank you! And not before time, either, as it seems they fledged when I wasn't looking.
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