Musings and photos of wild and everyday life

Lizzie – Mouths to Feed

Well, she did it – 9 big mouthed, hungry, Muppet-like babies!  Hatching started last week and I wasn’t there to see it:(  Had to settle for a text message!

While the other Liz makes new friends in Ireland and ‘makes history’, possibly improving relations and trade between two countries, its hard not to feel when watching the activity at the nest, that this normal life work going on without any notice by most of the world,  is actually far more important.

With 9 mouths to feed, there is no time for coffee, the pub or golf or whatever Blue Tits would do if they had a child minder.  What is impressive is how both parents work together to feed, clean and take out the waste.  Many human homes would like such co-operation.

It’s also incredible to watch how quiet, obscure-looking little bundles are electrified by the sound of a parent approaching (or other sounds sometimes).  They go rigid, their beaks open like the Grand Canyon suddenly forming and they yell – ME, MEE, MEEEE or something similar. It’s like they are on springs!


3 responses

  1. Wow… 9?
    You’re so lucky – we still have nothing in our nest 😦
    We do have Starlings in our roof though which are keeping the parents busy!

    May 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

  2. We’ve been lucky most years with nests. Starlings have finished nesting in a nestbox we put up when we fixed up the garage roof where they used to nest. It always amazes me that birds tend to disappear around this time and you know they are nesting nearby but mostly don’t see them!
    We are worried ablt the tit babies – we can currently see only 3 of them and they are too young and featherless to fly. I hope these will make it

    May 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  3. Aah I’ll keep my fingers crossed for them.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

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