The other chicks fledged this morning at 5.20am. We have seen all three in the garden a few times today with the parents so fingers crossed all is well for them!
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The first of the three chicks fledged today at 6.29pm! The other two didn’t look quite ready and decided to stay the night and possibly go in the morning! The cameras will stay on overnight to make sure we capture this
A bit later than usual today, but the blackbird did lay another egg, bringing the total up to 4 eggs! She has been on the nest a lot today, suggesting that she is starting to incubate although we aren’t certain! 4-5 eggs is the normal clutch size for blackbirds so we don’t expect many if at all any more eggs in this nest.
Well, as per the last couple of days, the female was on her nest for a few hours from 11 o’clock onwards and when she got up, another egg was sitting at the bottom! We will wait and see whether she lays anymore tomorrow!!!
The male blackbird has been about quite a bit in the garden, either checking up on the nest or gobbling up mealworms that we put out! They should come in handy when the eggs hatch!
This morning the one egg was still clearly visible in the nest and about 11 o’clock the female came back to the nest and was sitting for 2 1/2 hours. When she got up, another egg was in the nest! Yesterday she returned to the nest a few times during the afternoon and we expect her to do the same today! We reckon that she will lay one or two more eggs and then will start to incubate. The eggs will then hatch in approximately two weeks.
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The blackbird family have been very busy over the past few days taking nesting material up to our new Nesting Perch, which has taken the place of Bird Box 2 (which is being repositioned). There was a few days where we did not see the blackbirds at all and during this time, we repositioned the camera onto the nest. Then, a few days later, the blackbirds were back and the female spent several hours sitting on the nest. When she got up, she revealed one egg right in the centre of the nest!!!