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Hi I’m Aidy from the North east , I’m interested in wild life and especially garden birds. (1 Viewer)


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Hi I’m Aidy from the North East, I’m interested in wild life and especially garden birds,
We had Blue tits nesting for the first time this season and all had been going so well until I noticed no activity for a day or two and decided to take a look in the box and found there was ten young chicks not far from leaving the nest maybe a week or two all dead, absolutely gutted have not a clue why, anybody have a reason why this could happen ?.
Hi Aidy and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators. I am so sorry to hear that this nesting attempt has failed!! How awful for you to find that. Sadly it happens a lot and there could be many reasons, from the lack of food to one or both of the adults being predated (cats or Sparrowhawk) also too much disturbance in the area.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
Hi, welcome to the forum. I think you will find us a friendly and helpful group.
Hi Aidy,

Very, very sad, it must have been awful for the poor chicks sat in there waiting for their parents to return . When you say a week or two what are you refering to ?. They usually fledge between 18 - 21 Days. There have been many times that I wished I had cameras in my nestboxes. A few years ago I found a baby Jackdaw chick that had fallen from a nest but I had no idea which box it had fallen from, I made a small box and put it on a tree and put the chick in, I found it dead on the ground a few days later. This year one of the boxes fell off the tree with three chicks inside, one died and two ok. I have put them back up, but without a camera I have no idea if they are still alive or not. I
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