The last 2/3 weeks I've been enjoying watching the family of Great Tits nesting and feeding their young. However, this morning when I was gardening I discovered a large number of feathers scattered around in one corner.
And knowing that the adults use this section of the garden to break up the suet pellets on the ground into smaller chunks and the small feathers are coloured black, white and yellow. I can only assume its one of the adult Great Tits and I think I am only seeing the female going to and from the nest.
Feeling quite sad at the loss and just hope the female & her young are going to be ok.
Sorry to hear. If you can bear to leave out live mealworms in a dish a couple of times a day near the usual feeding places, some of the young stand a chance of survival.
Sounds like the Sparrowhawk has paid a visit
As Robbo says you can only try and help
it may help if you have a cage or something to put the mealworms in.
a good laugh is better than a tonic
That's bad news, lets hope the other parent is successful with the young.
Take care all, Stich.
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That's very sad indeed. Come on Mrs Great tit..you can do it! Keep us all posted on her and the chicks please.
Update on the female.
She is working hard to feed her chicks, thankfully there are allotments at the rear of my property and great food source for her and her young. I also have feeders out which she enjoys taking the mealworm suet pellets for her young.
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I hope she succeeds.
just like a female...resourceful to the end ( waits on the comments!!!!)
Update on GT family.
Sadly she lost 3 chicks overnight and 1 this morning. Thankfully she has 6 chicks going strong and looking healthy and I hoping judging by the continuing flapping of their wings in the nestbox it can't be too long before they fledge.
But, here's a nice photo I took of the female feeding her chicks:
Sorry to hear about the chicks but so glad she's still got six. Very nice photo of her feeding.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for the remaining brood.