Monday, 15 May 2017

Tragedy




Poor little babies, we started with eight, then it went to six, the first two which died were the last born and kept getting turfed out the nest by the others and were just to weak.
Then a few more disappeared and we didn't know what was happening. Then one morning we saw a small flock of starlings on the shed roof and one was on the perch with his head right in there, they had obviously been taking them, the perch has been taken down, but they still have been coming around, it's difficult as we can't sit and watch 24 hours a day. Also when it was hot another one couldn't cope with the heat, and we also found another one right the other end of the garden, it must have got pulled out or somehow fallen out.

So we have just two left now, the egg is an old one, but we have seen the Great Tits getting friendly again already, obviously wanting another brood.

These two little ones are doing very well.

These pictures are from today.










24 comments:

  1. Found a dead baby robin in the garden today...........wondered if it was the same one I ushered out of the greenhouse yesterday. Nature............ good then sad

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    1. I know it is sad, I have to try not to think about it too much as I get upset, I love the birds.

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  2. Nature can be so cruel, loads of animals and birds have huge litters to ensure some survive.

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    1. Yes you are right, at least we have some survivors.

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  3. Oh no Marlene that is just so sad. Poor little babies.
    This is the part of nature I really don't like.
    Don't know what is going off in our nest as we haven't seen any activity for a few days-x-

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    1. I know Shelia, I am a big softie, little things like this get to me, hope all is well with your nesting birds xx

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  4. The ones you've got left look strong.

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  5. That is sad, let's hope there is another brood before too long.
    Margaret P

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    1. It is Margaret, I think there will be the way they have been carrying on.

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  6. Fingers crossed for the last two. Nature can be cruel at times. X

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    1. It can indeed Jules, these are both very strong now so I am hoping they will be fine xx

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  7. How lovely that you have been able to watch, but sad that so many have been lost. I bought my husband a bird house with camera four years ago but, despite having taken advice about the siting of it, we have still had no inhabitants.

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    1. Oh dear that is such a shame. Perhaps time to try it elsewhere.

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    2. We've moved it twice, the last time taking advice from RSPB. We are clearly missing something!

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    3. Oh dear, I wonder why that is a shame.

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  8. It's nature, and nature is cruel. That's why they hatch so many, because the survival rate is so low. Sad and distressing, but they will most likely breed again this year.

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    1. You are right I know, it is sad though but at least some survived.

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  9. aw, nature is tough. We have magpies round here, they are such bullies to other birds and their nests.
    At the weekend I found a bird corpse on the grass in the front garden. No idea what happened, but I suspect one of the many cats that lurk around here. When we take Dudley out to get some air we have to hunt around first in case any are skulking around. Dud is too old to get into fights.

    xx

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    1. Yes Magpies are bullies, we have several around here, I make them know they are not welcome. That's the thing with cats part of their dna to kill birds, then again its nature and nothing much we can do x

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  10. Nature has its ups and downs. It's survival of the fittest unfortunately. I'm one of those people who always root for the underdog. Tx

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    1. You are right, these ones are little fighters xx

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  11. Poor little things, nature can be so harsh can't it. Let's hope these two hang on in there xx

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    1. It can Cheryl, these little ones are getting stronger by the day I think next week the big one might take off into the big wide world. xx

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