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This morning I feel like a father who has arrived home to find that all his children have grown up and left home and for some reason, he missed it all. Basically, that's exactly what happened, because of unforeseen circumstances this morning I missed the chance to see all the baby blue tits fledge. By 9:30 AM on what is exactly 3 weeks to the day they hatched they had all left the nesting box. So all I have now to look at is an empty box with a few unhatched eggs, not sure what I'm going to do with myself :-)

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The baby blue tits are now almost the same size as the adults so I'm not expecting them to stay in the nesting box for too much longer. The adult doesn't stay with them at night so I expect this is her way of trying to wean them. Both adults are still busy bringing back food every few minutes and taking away their poo. The babies are busy preening their feathers and they actually look like they are getting ready for the next stage of their life. I went fishing today and I was half expecting to find the box empty when I came back, however, they are still in there this evening. Is going to be quite sad when they do go, I've kind of got used to their racket during the day when I'm on the computer here with them behind me on the television.

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Posted by on in Nesting Box

I'm very worried about one of the little blue tits. The two blue tits that hatched before the other two seem to be the strongest and biggest. Even though all the eggs hatched on the same day it seems that just those few hours gave the first two hatchlings much better chance of growing quicker and stronger and now being able to compete much easier for food. Out of the four baby blue tits one of them seems to be having quite a struggle getting the adults to notice it and feed it. It seems to be stuck underneath all the other three who continue to plunk themselves on top of this poor helpless little waif.

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I can't wait until I can show you live footage of baby blue tits breeding, you will be absolutely amazed as I have been over the last few weeks. I just took delivery of a brand-new HD IP camera which I plan on installing and the bird box. If everything goes to plan I will be able to live stream footage over the Internet so everybody can watch the blue tits breed.

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I'm really taken aback at how quickly these little baby blue tits are progressing. It seems that every day they are getting bigger and it's really noticeable. The babies now seem to have what looks like a full set of feathers which they are starting to prune and look after. I also noticed that one of the baby blue tits was flapping its wings today which obviously means they must be getting pretty close to fledging. Mummy blue tit is spending the whole day along with daddy blue tit bringing back food on a constant basis, seems that these babies are forever hungry.

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