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Quantum

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Ireland
Hello,
First post. I have a nice back garden with plenty of foliage and mature trees. Perfect for small birds. For the past few years I have put out a few different bird feeders and have enjoyed watching the various birds visiting and eating from the feeders. This year for the first time we had a pair of Blue Tits nest in a nesting box. We were so excited about it and enjoyed watching them from a distance coming and going for a few weeks. However about 3 weeks ago the Blue Tits stopped feeding the chicks. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps something happened to one of the adult pair. Or only other thing I can think of is that I put some peanuts into one of the bird feeders close by to the nesting box. Could this have spooked the adult Blue Tits? Or could the extra activity from other birds feeding close by have spooked the parents away?
I am going to build and put out a few different nest boxes this year and don’t want the same thing to happen again. Unfortunately the chicks perished, all 6 of them.
Many thanks.
 

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delia todd

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Hi Quantum and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

Presumably you had similar weather to us during May... cold and wet? Many Blue Tit nests failed this year as there weren't the caterpillars around to feed to the young. The oak leaves were late, meaning there were no caterpillars feeding on them. Then the heavy rain washed what caterpillars there were onto the ground (Blue Tits feed in the canopy).

Hopefully the weather will be better next year, as Blue Tits only get one chance each year.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
 

KC Foggin

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Welcome aboard Quantum and enjoy!

One thing I can suggest is to not put any feeders close to a nest box because it can draw other birds to the feeder and close to the nest box and frighten the parents and cause them to leave.
 

Kits

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Welcome to Birdforum. I hope you enjoy your visits.

It looks like one of your nest boxes is close to the play area. Maybe activity there made them abandon the nest? It also looks quite low to the ground making it easy for cats to reach.
 

Quantum

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Ireland
Hi Quantum and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

Presumably you had similar weather to us during May... cold and wet? Many Blue Tit nests failed this year as there weren't the caterpillars around to feed to the young. The oak leaves were late, meaning there were no caterpillars feeding on them. Then the heavy rain washed what caterpillars there were onto the ground (Blue Tits feed in the canopy).

Hopefully the weather will be better next year, as Blue Tits only get one chance each year.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
Thank you so much for the warm welcome. Yes May was very cold and wet. Although the Adult Blue Tits stopped flying into the nest box very suddenly. I fear that by putting out food in the bird feeder I attracted birds into the area which might have frightened them off. I am annoyed with myself. The chicks were about a week or a little more old. I have loved seeing them flying in and out of the nest box. Hopefully they will return again next year.
 

Quantum

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Ireland
Welcome aboard Quantum and enjoy!

One thing I can suggest is to not put any feeders close to a nest box because it can draw other birds to the feeder and close to the nest box and frighten the parents and cause them to leave.
Thank you for the advice. Yes I think that is what has happened. I am so annoyed with myself. I had not put anything into the bird feeders for a few weeks up until then. Lesson learnt. I won’t make that mistake again.
 

Quantum

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Ireland
Welcome to Birdforum. I hope you enjoy your visits.

It looks like one of your nest boxes is close to the play area. Maybe activity there made them abandon the nest? It also looks quite low to the ground making it easy for cats to reach.
It was hanging from a branch and was secure. Out of reach of cats. But yes a little low. I fear that by putting out peanuts in a bird feeder close by I frightened them off. I’ll lever do that again. I am so disappointed. I’ll build a couple of nesting boxes myself now and secure them properly for next spring. Thanks for your reply.
 

KC Foggin

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Thank you for the advice. Yes I think that is what has happened. I am so annoyed with myself. I had not put anything into the bird feeders for a few weeks up until then. Lesson learnt. I won’t make that mistake again.
We all are constantly learning when it comes to our bird life :)
 

King Edward

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I don't think it was anything you particularly did wrong here. Blue Tits are pretty tolerant of disturbance, and the longer the nest goes on the less likely the parents are to just abandon it. Nests do fail unfortunately, that's just nature.
 

Quantum

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Ireland
I don't think it was anything you particularly did wrong here. Blue Tits are pretty tolerant of disturbance, and the longer the nest goes on the less likely the parents are to just abandon it. Nests do fail unfortunately, that's just nature.
Thanks so much for your reply. I’m going to make a couple of Nest Boxes and hopefully provide some prime real estate for them for next year.
 

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