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Flying the Nest

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire on the 3rd June 1987. Yes I know I’m a day late.

This is the end of the story of the nesting Eurasian Blue Tits photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a Cheshire garden. The previous two Throwback Thursday posts were also detailing this nestbox.

 

Throwback Thursday: 4th June 2020

The ninth young Eurasian Blue Tit about to take its first flight leaving just two young in the nest.

 

Throwback Thursday: 4th June 2020

The eleventh youngster couldn’t get up the nerve to leave and spent the day in the nestbox being fed by an adult occasionally. The following morning one of the adults was outside calling to encourage it to leave, which it did.

 

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Keeping the young warm

Throwback Thursday travels back to a garden shed in Hatherton, Cheshire in the spring of 1987.

I was documenting the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits using a specially constructed nestbox built into a garden shed.

At this point all the eggs have hatched but the young are still small and naked. As a result, on cool mornings the female stays on the nest keeping them warm while the male feeds them.

In this photo the female has moved off the nest so that the male can feed a caterpillar to one of the young.

Throwback Thursday: 21st May 2020

 

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The young are growing fast.

The young Eurasian Blue Tits are growing fast, their feathers develop quickly and the birds are getting bigger, they’re starting to fill the nestbox.

In this photo one of the adults is about to enter the nestbox with another caterpillar for the young.

I count nine young in this shot so some are hidden.

A caterpillar for the young.

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Feeding the young, part three.

The young are now a few days old. I’m posting this photo because it was one of the few shots with two adults in the nestbox.

There won’t be space for two adults before the end of the story.

Eurasian Blue Tit nesting story