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Lizzie’s Labours Lost

Well, first the bad news.  We came back from the Leinster match to find that the 9 nestlings had become 3.   Soon after that there were only 2 and now there is only one.  I don’t know what happened to them.  They were too small to leave, so presumably have died but of what cause I don’t know.  And what has become of the bodies – eaten, removed?

There is good news though.   The one remaining nestling has grown pretty quick over the last few days and looks healthy.  He / she is a similar size to the adults and looks near ready to fledge, flapping its small wings and making the odd small jump.

It is strange that you can be aware of many nests and nesting activities around you, in the garden etc. and although its nice and feels good to see and be close to these things, there is no real emotion.  But the nestbox camera forces some involvement – you are with the birds in their daily struggle and can’t help feel emotionally attached.  We are hoping that at least the one remaining survivor makes it to the ‘outside world’.

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2 responses

  1. Aah the poor things. Is Lizzie feeding by herself? That might be one reason why the others died. I’d say she removed the dead bodies so the nest doesn’t become infected. I hope the last one makes it okay. I know what you mean about being emotionally involved – we had a nestbox 3 years ago with 7 Blue Tits inside – adults stopped feeding them & they all died – I bawled my eyes out!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  2. No, Sharon, both parents were feeding them. The sun was a bit strong in the mornings on the side of the box but otherwise I don’t know what happened. I think there is quite a lot of failures though. The good news is that one ‘escaped’! See latest post. Thanks for comments.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

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