Elle, Mine did this a few days ago, It will be dust off the wing flapping etc on the "light sensor" part of the camera. This is what it was for me, At first I thought was dust on the lens. I opened the box and wiped the lens and noticed the light sensor had alot of dust on, Wiped that and picture was clear again. I'll show you picture of part camera I mean, It will have a little red circle around. Makes sense because this part camera is used to sense the light levels and give picture during day where its the IR that makes the picture during the night. When the chicks fledge try giving it a wipe and see, It worked for mine.
As predicted 3 of my chicks have fledged today they of course were the biggest, the other 3 are snuggled up together tonight! I know another 1 will go tomorrow, but whether the other 2 does is another matter! 2 are still quite small, I’m feeling a bit protective of them cos Poppy has been trying all afternoon to get this last 3 out, but I keep shouting at tv that ‘they’re too small to go yet’! Managed to get a pic of fledgling no.2, only because it actually fell asleep perched in the hole for 45 mins before it eventually woke up and made the leap Poppy couldn’t even get passed it to come in to feed the others! Most bizarre
Weather has been terrible today, all 4 seasons in one, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for the little ones already out tonight
P.s Thanks for that info Paul, will certainly give it a go when the seasons over, although today it was clear again!
Oh bless that little one that fell asleep in the hole (shows how perfectly they cling on to branches etc immediately they have to). Lovely picture Elle, and good luck to the tiny ones. Maybe the parents will feed for another day or so in the box, be interesting to see. Sue
Staggered fledging elle with the looks of it. All power to Poppy fantastic Mum isn't she? They really do deserve our respect. How they find them and get them all rounded up is phenomenal but they do it. Good luck to the youngest when they go.
Hope the rest have gone today Elle and formed up with he others. Sad in a way when they go. Our parents came back to check for a couple of days to see if anyone was left so hopefully she’ll be able o round them all up.
Well my last 3 chicks finally fledged this morning before 8am, even my smallest . Yesterday Poppy’s sole job was feeding them, and by god did she feed them, by this morning you would never have believed I had any smaller ones, they was all evenly grown (overnight) . Strange they fledged exactly as they’d hatched (staggered). Zorro did the feeding of the 3 previous fledglings, he never came anywhere near the box after the first ones went on Monday!!, I did see him in the trees and then coming to get the mealworms then flying back to them. He has been fantastic all the time, but then again he was brilliant last year when he had 10. After the last 3 went this morning the full family, including Poppy and Zorro, flew off all together I did shed a tear, it was so lovely so that’s me done for another year icon_biggrin Roll on next year (hopefully)
I will be bobbing in & out to keep an eye on all the nests which remain!! Best of luck to all
Post by blueeyedchick on May 29, 2019 12:33:16 GMT
Oh that is wonderful elle, yes don't they grow quickly? Flo stuffed her babes until they burst a few days prior to the run up to leaving. Glad all went well with Poppy and Zorro I love a happy ending. Staggered egg laying and fledging is not such a daft theory after all I'd say it is a sensible one.
So happy they all flew off together Elle, what a lovely image - i’d have blubbered too. Brilliant outcome. Sammi, I said I didn’t think I could do this again, but have already altered things - ‘just in case’ Sue