Joy and Dave's chicks were the first to hatch and so will probably be the first to fledge - this we expect to happen at the end of this week.
are both parents in the nest box. Joy has just finished feeding a
chick and Dave is in the middle of doing so.
Unusually, both parents feed the chicks from the same side of the nest cup - to the right of the entrance hole.
|Even though it is still fairly early (about half past seven), several chicks already appearto have had enough breakfast. Here only 5 of the 10 chicks are clamouring for food.|
|Several of the chicks exercise their wings from time to time by having great wing flapping sessions. This chick is facing the corner - perhaps to stop him from taking off!|
|A pair of flappers!|
|More wing flapping.|
bluetit chicks do not appear to be suffering from lack of food as reported
by several members of our forum. To try to quantify this, I have
counted the number of times each parent brings food to the nest box during a
half hour period.
Joy and Dave are easily distinguished by their head feathers. This is Joy ...
|... and this is Dave!|
|Another bout of wing flapping - this time in the middle of the nest box.|
contented looking chicks.
The following table gives the number of times in each half hour period, each parent came to the nest box.
|These figure imply that food was brought to the chicks about once each minute throughout the day, which means that if this food was evenly distributed, each chick would get a feed every 10 minutes. Seeing some of the enormous caterpillars that were brought in, this appears to be quite a lot to me. To judge by the chicks appearance, it seems sufficient anyway!|