Hi Elle. Yes, in all the years we've had birds in the boxes we've never had such a small clutch. Even when we had a second brood there were more. Not sure what's going on this year as there seems to be loads of food and weather is good. They are making use of the mealworms too and the chicks are growing fast. The robins are enjoying them too as I think they have a nest in next door's garden.
Hi Beechnut. Should be interesting to see if my 3 catch up to your 5, as yours were hatched a day or two before. The 3 are getting loads of food and seem to be growing rapidly. I don't know whether the amount of food they get per chick makes any difference to the number of days before they fledge. I can compare to the brood we had last year too and see if these fledge sooner. Glad yours have found the mealworms. I cunningly put some out in the days before the eggs hatched by their usual feeder to catch their attention which seemed to work.
Hi. Their eyes have opened and doing nicely. They are now living in a sort of subterranean nest. Mrs GT tunnelled down and the chicks are living under the nest material. Looks like an empty nest but occasionally we see a head poking out from under the edge - very funny!
Our first chick fledged at 9.53am. The other 2 are wing flapping and then falling asleep from the effort. I have been running up and down stairs trying to retrieve our cats from the garden when the chicks look like they might be going and then letting them out when the chicks go quiet. Not sure who's more exhausted, chicks or myself! Parents are bringing in mealworms but not often, however these 2 aren't going until they're ready.
Ok - I decided to turn the camera back on late tonight to prove to myself they'd all gone (you know how it is) and there is an adult bird roosting in there! Not sure if it's Mrs GT come back for some reason? She did sleep in there overnight right to the day of the chicks' departure. Anyone have any ideas why she'd come back?
I also reviewed the video I took as the last 2 chicks were leaving and realised that the last one pushed the other one out of the hole while she was lurking there deciding whether to go!
Be interesting to be able to find out if this is more common than we all thought. I know other birds leave the male to cope with fledglings while the female starts a new nest so why not GT’s. Great news for both of you. Sue