Monday, May 31, 2010

Great Tits

Towards the end of the fledging period both adult great tits using our garden nesting box were flying a sortie every couple of minutes to deliver food. We could hear the noise of at least three chicks in the box but we only saw one actually fledge. This was about ten days ago.

Having not seen any of them for a few days I took the box down to clean it out and found a beautiful, moss-lined nest. Sadly it also contained the decaying bodies of three chicks that hadn't lived. So sad the sight; so bad the smell.

Still, box cleaned, nest and dead chicks composted and box repositioned for the next contenders.

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