Yes, thanks Sue - It's good to have them in 2 x 5 rather than 10 together, although it must be quite an ordeal for the adults after the first batch have fledged, to have to keep tabs on where they are, keep them fed and safe, as well as looking after the incubation. The female sitting and feeding also, although not to the extent that the male does, it's a wonder the second brood hatch on time!
Yes we have 7 eggs. We estimate they should hatch on Sunday or Monday. We weren't sure if one of the eggs was the dud from the first brood but hopefully all 7 are new and will hatch. Mrs GT is sitting more on them recently.
Fantastic news Beechnut Another lot of The Famous Five eggs for them all hatched into lovely no wonder you are over the moon! They are very good parents & they'll need a long rest after all their hard work this year.
Diane - Scared of flying birds, but can handle frogs if necessary!
Brilliant news Beechnut, it’s probably better to have 2 x 5 than 10 in one go, they are obviously very good parents & know what works for them, so all good. Hope all continues to go well I’m sure you will be thrilled
Beechnut Not with GT's obviously as I have not had that nest but was surprised last year to see our BT's doubling up so to speak. Like you always thought the Tit family did one mealie each trip. But it makes sense when there is a copious supply of food available
Glad all doing good for Tommy & Tuppence and their babes.
Hi Beechnut, lovely picture again. Strange about the doubling up etc with worms. Maybe they are learning from other birds like blackbirds, robins etc that often do this. On page 13 of Sammi’s Thread there is a photo Sammi took of her Bluetit with three mealworms in its beak. Makes far more sense but I guess it’s difficult with mealworms as they have to bite the heads off before feeding to chicks, so I guess it’s how they stop them wriggling away whilst dealing with the head bit so to speak. Sue