Blue Tits in the Garden – Day 8 of #30DaysWild 2017

Day 8 of the #30DaysWild takes a look at a Blue Tit nest we found at my partner’s parents house.

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For the last few years a bright red Royal Mail nest box has been up on the house waiting for a two birds to move in and start a family. This year was the first year that a couple of Blue Tits decided it was the perfect place to make home.

When I heard of the family the next time we visited I took my camera with me and watched the nest box to see what was happening.

The Blue Tit parents were doing a good job! They were constantly back and forth with food to the nest. Although we can’t see the contents of the nest we can hear the young when their parents arrive home with food.

Here are some photos I managed to get of the nest.

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Wary of predators finding out about the nest the Blue Tit parents sit on the roof of the house to scope whether it is safe to enter the nest.
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Sometimes they would sit on the satellite dish near the nest box to survey whether it was safe to enter.
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One of the Blue Tit parents are looking pretty worse for wear! Could this be the female?
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Once the parent birds have fed the chicks they leave the nest instantly to go find more food.
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One of the parent birds leaving the nest with a fecal sac. Blue Tits remove the fecal sacs from their young and deposit them away from the nest. This helps to keep the nest clean.
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Unfortunately this photo is blurry but I still thought it was interesting to see how the Blue Tit leaves the nest.

I’m hoping to go back and visit the nest site again this weekend to see if they are still there. Fingers crossed we get some good weather and I haven’t missed them fledging!
Camilla-Erika and Robin Oleander x

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