Sadly the picture from my camera Nestbox this morning shows the final two blue tit chicks leaning on each other not moving at all. Yesterday the third one died and I was most surprised to see that the female did not remove it from the nest until much later in the day. The other two chicks were climbing on top of it. I did take a photo but for my own records only. There is no need to post it or one from today.
What about the live mealworms? Well I am delighted to say that two days ago she finally discovered them and fed them to the chicks. Perhaps if I had the feeder with mealworms set up much earlier it could have helped the survival of the chicks. Who knows? I did try putting them in lots of places. She certainly ignored them for some time in the feeder dish taking the fat sprinkles instead. Still, they were available to her but in reality she could have had no help from me at all. It just goes to show how hard it can be for birds to feed their chicks.
The greenfly is thriving on my new rose but now that the blue tit doesn’t need to chase off competition from other blue, great and coal tits maybe these birds will enjoy the greenfly!
Interestingly enough there is another single blue tit with three chicks in a Nestbox featured in BBC Two’s Springwatch programme. They don’t know if it is male or female but much of the behaviour in this nest is very similar to the recent story from our Nestbox. For example the constant cleaning in the bottom of the nest and the way the chicks are being fed too – although I believe more food is going in. They suspect lice and mites in this Nestbox too. I will follow this story with interest to hear what they have to say about it and to see if these chicks are still surviving on Thursday when the programme ends its three week coverage.
I should say that the weather has certainly been on the side of our blue tit. If it had been raining all the time in the last two weeks she would have found it much harder to find food. We’ve only had the odd half day of rain.
Later today we are finally expecting rain and the garden could certainly do with it! I have not had time to post on my garden too much recently nor on the other birds that have been visiting too. Ah… the garden is looking very interesting now and my wisteria is in flower! It has a wonderful scent. I do have lots of updates on the garden and some work to do in it too! It really is a busy time of the year in the garden but soon it will be time to sit back and enjoy it with only the odd bit of very enjoyable pottering. I then will also look forward to browsing all the garden, bird and wildlife blogs that I have been unable to find time to visit recently.
Finally, I hope the rain will refresh but not stay with the gardens here in Scotland over the next couple of weeks. Yolanda at Bliss in the Netherlands is coming over to Scotland on a garden tour. I would like to wish you a great trip Yolanda and look forward to seeing your photos and reading about your garden visits on your return. Your posting on the the Edinburgh Botanical Garden, which will be looking very different from my last visit there in February, is going to be a very interesting one!