Baby tits in camera box

last weekend I was so excited to discover 7 baby blue tits in my camera box. Yesterday I had 4 left and they all seemed to be doing well, I bought a high energy fat cake which I saw the mother feeding last night, this morning they were all dead. I'm devastated & feel guilty although I suppose it could've been something else they've eaten. What do I do with the box now?

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  • I never bother with fat cakes/suet balls etc. The ones I did put up, the birds never touched with the result that they turned into a horrible fatty fungus wridden mess. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,711

    Sad - but these things happen - it could have been for one of many reasons - sounds like three fledged successfully.image

    Remove the corpses - the parents may have a second brood in there.

    Fingers crossed image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Wilma2Wilma2 Posts: 8

    None fledged, the first three died within a couple of days, the weakest.

    i read somewhere you should not touch the box until about October is this true? if so, does anyone know if the parents clear the nest for a second brood?

    the fat cake has been really popular with the birds, I've even had a blackbird that jumps up to peck at it! I've removed it now, just in case.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,711

    Maybe check it out with your local Wildlife Trust http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/your-local-trust

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Wilma2Wilma2 Posts: 8

    Thank you, ive just contacted them and will let you know what they say.

  • Wilma2Wilma2 Posts: 8

    The parents have continued to come in and out the box with food and calling to them then flying back out. It is very sad, they have built a brilliant cocoon type nest with sheeps wool that I'd put in the garden too.

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    can you not look back on the camera footage and see what they dies of, i was watching a camera/wildlife programme the other night and same thing happened , when he looked back he saw a cat's paw in there image 

     

  • Wilma2Wilma2 Posts: 8

    yes I saw that programme too! No they just seemed to give up, maybe they weren't getting enough food

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    aww what a shame, i can hear mine chirping away all day, i hope they make it 

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    here's the first sighting of one  of the chicks, he was peeking out for 15 minutes, i'm guessing he will be off soon image 

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-O7TBDJhHhsM/VV7-V9knksI/AAAAAAAAMEU/5kxDLnZBtAo/w314-h419-no/20150522_110028.jpg

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