We had our first blue tit chicks hatch this morning. I put the tv on to see the camera when I got up this morning to see the male bird bringing in food for the female. She then set about turn the eggs, much as she has done for the past ten days or so. When Michele went in to look thirty minutes later a number of chicks had hatched!
Shortly before 10.00am I put on the recorder and managed to get the male again feeding the female who then passed the fecal sacs to the male to dispose of. He will get rid of them well away from the tree so that predators will not find the nest. The fecal sac contains the chicks poo and help keep the nest tidy.
All the signs are good- he is helping with the food allowing the female to stay on the nest, the weather is not too cold and there are plenty of insects and caterpillars about! So fingers crossed this year!