We have only had 2 chicks hatch today. No sign of the male although there is one feeding fledgies which could be ours. Mrs GT has been going in and out regularly but is now asleep at 8.30pm. Wonder whether the others will hatch tomorrow or if we have another small clutch to follow.
Looks like we are having 2 chicks and 5 non starters. No more have hatched and Mrs GT is out and about getting food for the 2 hatchees. I did see Mr GT in the tree outside but he seems to be feeding the previous brood although it has been almost 3 weeks since they fledged - they seem to be eager to stay and be fed by the father! Not sure how long it would be between last hatching and any possible further eggs being viable?
Our 2 are progressing - their eyes are almost open today. I saw the female bringing in some nesting material and I tried an experiment and put some cat fur on the hedge to see and she's taken some of it into the nestbox. This is what she did before. I assume she can't possibly be thinking about having a third batch of chicks?
Our 2 chicks have just fledged - the first at 7.08pm and the other at 7.20pm. They got safely into the bushes in the back garden. Think that should be all for this year. There was some nesting material in our front box which wasn't there 2 weeks ago but this hasn't changed over the last few days and is probably abandoned. 5 chicks out of 12 eggs this year which seems a decent number.