Like Meryl I think that it is the same female (Tuppence) in the Wallbox, it seems more than a coincidence that another female would lay in a nest within 24 hrs of it being vacated, especially when I have two other desirable residences in shot putting distance.
There isn't really a problem with the fledged chicks at the moment as the three eggs are just lying there in the box all day, while she is out helping to feed the young ones. Admittedly it is possible that Tom is doing the bulk of the feeding because his feeder box is being emptied where 2p's just needs topping up.
There is no way that I can identify Tuppence, but if I see the male in the box I can probably tell if it is Tommy or not.
The whole world needs all the help it can get. When MSM gives about a 3 min bulletin on the effect of climatic change and the devastation of the environment because of us being over populated, they then devote 5 mins + talking about the Royal baby -jeez
Anyway Beechnut all the best to Tuppence if it is her.
I think its more likely to be the old female than a new one I think, I only say this because our sparrows have the same turn around rate. Chicks leave the female starts laying again within days, I think when this happens the male looks after the chicks. Everytime we have fledged chicks though, The male and female will feed them for first week then show them the feeders. By week 2 the chicks are left on their own and using the feeders, This female needs to lay her eggs then incubate that gives them way over 2 weeks for the parents attention before the new brood hatch. So in my opinion seems more likely to be the current female not a new one.
Well done Tuppence. It must be lovely for you to have another nest to watch......I watch our Great Tits on the feeder and wonder where they have been nesting....? Maybe next year they will choose one of my boxes.
Dust if you must but wouldn't it be better To watch the birds ...........
Hatching started this morning before 6am - I think there are currently 3 chicks, but I haven't really been able to get a good look, only a glimpse of, I think, 2 eggs yet to hatch. Tuppence hasn't been off the cup in the last 90 minutes that I've been recording and Tommy has been in over a dozen times with lovely tiny maggots which he gives to 2p to feed the chicks. Occasionally she lets him do the honours, making sure, first, that it is 'chick size food'.
As I type, he has blotted his copy book and brought in a grub twice the size of the others, for which she has given him some verbals, but after a bit of holding and pulling, they have managed to get it down to a swallowable size!
I enjoyed that last clip Beechnut! Tommy's way of thinking - well, if we can't make it smaller by both of us pulling it to get a small enough portion, I may as well eat it before she does! - then sensibly flies off before the tirade.
Diane - Scared of flying birds, but can handle frogs if necessary!
Thanks guys - I think Tommy is using the mini mealworms I put out after the post arrived just after 10am, and got a bit mixed up which chicks he was supposed to be feeding. There are 2 fledglings which hang around the Scott feeder in the plum tree, but can't work out that they have to go through the large round hole to get a mini, so they wait on Tommy visiting to get fed - so he's doing double duty at the moment and is run a bit ragged.
Anyway he seems a bit better organised now, bringing in reasonably sized stuff - I can't tell whether it's small mini mealies or some other grub, but the chicks seem OK on it now.
The 5th egg is still sitting in the bottom of the cup, generally covered by either four writhing or flaked out chicks - I shall be pleasantly surprised if is has hatched when I check in the morning.