Leaving the Nest
On Friday, May 20, the little Blue Tits left the nest. It was by coincidence that I was looking at the nest before going to work. I realized that one of the chicks leaned pretty far out. So I went to get the camera and was able to take that movie:
You can see how it pushes itself forward and leaps into its first flight at 7 am. First, it sat “in” the bicycle and then on the floor before it went to the honeysuckle waiting for the parents to continue feeding. But they went only back to the nest to feed the others.
After a while the first one to leave the nest flew away and I didn’t see it anymore. The other two (I believe) were behaving very similar but didn’t fly out. I waited another two hours and then I had to go to work. In the evening the nest was empty.
This following movie shows four minutes uncut. You can see the parents feeding the two chicks almost every 30 seconds, a total of eight times and removing the fecal sac twice.
For more fantastic bird photos: Bird photography weekly #143
~ by Natalie on May 22, 2011.