Musings and photos of wild and everyday life

Lizzie – Leap of Hope

Well, over last weekend the remaining Blue Tit nestling got pretty big, seeming to be bigger than the parents but probably mostly fluff and air.Blue Tit nestling prior to 1st flight

On Wednesday morning it seemed to be more erergized, flapping its little wings and moving more.  Eventually it made a leap up to a ledge that lets some light in, translucently, for the camera to work in daylight.  One of the parents brought food but didn’t feed it the first time, seeming to entice it further.  On the second entrance the food was given over but soon after the baby made for the escape hole and stayed there for a while.  

The parents fed it there once and I rushed to get my camera, went to a room with a view and managed to get a couple of pics before it made the brave move and plunged into the great ‘out there’.

Blue Tit fledgling in bush after 1st flightFlabbergasted by its new environment, it stayed there, fidgeting for a while with the parents in a nearby bush calling.

Blue Tit parent watching fledgling in other bush after 1st flight

Blue Tit fledgling in bush after 1st flight

Eventually, they managed to convince it to fly to the front of the garden which it did without any obvious problem. 

A good end to their hard work and confined conditions, if not what they may have hoped for.

I haven’t seen them since but trust they are doing well.


4 responses

  1. That’s great news & the photos are gorgeous.
    Do you think you’ll get a 2nd brood in the box over the summer?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

  2. Really pleased to have been there at the right moment, thanks. We have hopes for a second brood but not sure of the chances. Also there are a couple of other nest boxes that were used in previous years so we feel really fortunate that the camera box was chosen this year! Also not sure if the box should be cleaned out now or if we should wait until the end of the season.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  3. Siobhan

    I think you deffo wait until end of season? look it up on bwi page? Lovely pic top left of BT chick, I love the squashed yellow bill.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  4. Thanks Siobhan, figured it should probably be left ’till later.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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