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May -4- 2008 

20 May

A la porte

It is still cold this morning. 9 °C. She stayed until 6 am in the nest. 17 °C in the afternoon. Wind, sun and clouds.


A little uncombed when exiting of the nest box, especially when she has just rearranged the centre of the nest.

.She continues care her chicks conscientiously. Feeding, household. They are very active and begin to peck each other. Hierarchy begins to establish.


Instant of calm... rare. They move constantly. There's always one who feels the need to arrange its feathers.


She hunts and brings small prey, which are difficult to identify.

They intrigue me; there are several photos over several days, similar. Bit of butterfly?

And she complements with some worms.


As to this joyous disorder, it is the result of her passage at the bottom of the nest, which raises bluntly all her people.




21 May

Beautiful day. 15°-19°C.


As the evening before and yesterday evening, she waits for a long time near the nest box and the door of the nest box. She enters, she exits. She waits.

.The night falls. At 21h20, she enters to feed her chicks, and then rearranges the bed. She stays still a little; then, at 21h34, a last glance and she exits and... quits to sleep elsewhere.
For the first time the chicks are alone for the night.


After a few minutes seems calm seems to return. In fact I say seems, because the seven chicks move all night! Finally she will spend a night without their permanent agitation.

Time to leave approaches. The departure of the mother for the night occurs 4-5 days before fledging. Teaching the youngsters to fend by themselves?
She slept in the nest box for almost 3 months, from February 27. This must a change, this night.


5:48 this morning. She provides the first meal, very well received.

For the first time since a long time, she sang this morning.
The previous evening, she had hesitated, stay or leave. She waited a day. Now, they sleep alone until their fledging.



This morning, almost an incitement to exit.
She passes the head in the nest box, to see and be seen. As a call. Cool! Still four days!


Sometimes she re-emerges with her beakful. Not hungry anymore! She will eat it herself.

They peck, eat, and are "tidied up" with the usual delicacy.

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Very symmetric arrangement.


22 May

Overcast 15°-18°C

PuceSecond night alone. She leaved at 21h. This morning at 5:45 she arrives for the first feeding.

The cries of chicks have changed. From small chirping, they changed to tchititit of the tits. This is the case of one of the chicks, surely the most advanced because it is often perched on the edge of the nest. His cry can almost be confused with that of the mother, albeit less strong. The mother calls often on arrival now.

This morning, repeated cries of alarm. It is the mother who screams. A magpie is on the terrace, they rarely come but the chicks are increasingly noisy and attract them. They often steal chick from nests. They do it sometimes in group, making fools the poor parents. I have observed parents sparrows making dive attacks desperately. Well, I know that they also have a family.

Puzzling attitude for chicks to indicate thus permanently to predators, "we're here". The very young are not yet fearful and can be approached very closely. The mother is beside the pie and screaming the most she can. I quickly chased the magpie.

Still a touch of pink on the back and neck.


The small beaks have slimed. The chick in front has silhouette of her mother. They walk outside the bowl.


The sinkholes are still yellow, but they have already lost a lot of big hem around yellow beak, which will disappear completely when they become young adults in 3 weeks.


Left and center the 22 May, at right the 17 May.


And the characters are emerging.


.Mealworms to everyone that I supply since the mother is alone.
The distributor is tailored for blue tits (26 mm). Otherwise worms disappear too quickly thanks to greenfinches and sparrows. And there would be conflicts.



Even so, the family of great tits (including two cute youngsters) becomes a little cumbersome when they wants pinch a worm to the blue who finds herself cornered.
I put a few sunflower seeds and some worms in self-service for the great tit family. They overthrew the whole dish. There is peace now.
They leave the blue alone, which continues her service.

The morning bath.


No more great tits today. We don't hear them. After these two days, gone to other places?
Yesterday a
Black Redstart. The four young sparrows of these last days leaved also to other horizons.


The greenfinch is also interested and allows us to admire the beauty of its wings. They come as a couple. Here, Monsieur.




The mother prepares the mealworms cutting the head and tail, then it takes them as cigars to facilitate the taking by chicks.


13h15 new alarm cries. The magpie is back. I tell her that this territory is off-limits. The mother was really nervous. She didn't stop shouting and hopping from a branch to another, it will ask a long time before calming down.

Nap in a pile. We can see very well the drawing done by the feathers of the neck.
Rain is forecast for this weekend, shame!

All day the mother, perched nearby, calls more and more often the chicks that answer her from the nest box.

Sorry, not yet translated. Translation in progress.

23 May


15 °C and bright sunshine this morning. 21 °C in the afternoon.
Departure last night shortly before 21h; return this morning at 6 am.

7h new passage of the magpie. Last year there was a nest just besides, below us. They must be again in the same place.

The morning sun illuminates the back wall of the nest box and you can clearly see the current position of the cup nest (which we do not see the colour camera).

Training. Flapping the wings.

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Classical program.

It comes, it goes out.

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.Frequent flapping throughout the day. It begins with stretching the wings then instead of closing them, it starts flapping wings at very high speed. They do not sleep much and become curious. They explore their tiny territory. Endless sessions of scratching and feather combing.

The nest has bowl expanded and collapsed. They are against the wall which faces the entrance; the edge of the nest along this wall has flattened. Under the entry hole (right in photo), the original edge remains.


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