Dear Readers, I took ten minutes from my revision today to pop outside. Can you see what I saw? You need to peer behind the leaves right in the middle of the photo…

How about now?

And yes, the blue tits have fledged – they are hopping about all over the garden. What innocent, vulnerable little balls of fluff they are! Their parents are pretty much losing their minds, but so far they seem to be ok. The same can’t be said for the magpies – there was a right old kerfuffle the other afternoon, and this morning there were tiny black and white feathers behind the hedge. I suspect that one of the near-fledglings fell out, and that a cat made short work of the poor little thing. Still, I suppose the blue tits will be pleased, and the parent magpies are still up by the nest so I imagine someone is still alive.

There we go! Travel well, little one. May all your parents’ hard work come to fruition in the form of at least a few adult blue tits, to grace the garden next year.


13 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Japh

    Isn’t it lovely! We watched a dear little blue tit fledge from the bird box to the ground in our garden, it spent sometime preening itself in the shade under garden table, is t nature marvellous! X

  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    My grandson, who only turned 2 yesterday already recognises several birds – a pigeon, blackbird, robin and a magpie to name but a few. But his favourite is a “boo tit”. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  3. Kathleen

    Our robins have fledged. We now have two youngsters hopping around and peeping, while the adults wear themselves out trying to feed them. Fortunately we have some live mealworms on offer that should help! Lovely to watch them.

  4. Ann Bronkhorst

    On a darker note, those same magpies who carefully parent their own chicks will take and gobble up a bluetit fledgling in a flash. Saw it once in my garden.

    1. Bug Woman Post author

      For sure. On the other hand, the magpies are very energetic in driving away the cats (often at 5 a.m. so I guess it’s all a balance…)

  5. Gibson Square

    We lost three fledglings this year. I found one on the lawn and two inside our birdbox. It’s probably the parents were inexperienced. Hopefully better luck next year.


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