Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Sat May 28, 2011 3:16 pm

Saturday afternoon 28/05/11
The differences between largest and smallest seems to be more pronounced than ever.

You will see a glimpse of unhatched eggs in this video. I thought there were only 5 chicks, but in fact there are 6 - but one is very tiny and timid, and probably does not get enough food. We can see some of the bigger ones coming to the exit and looking out every now and again - but I hope that the mother will be able to hold them back until the smallest is ready to go.
just over 5 minutes of vid here
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Mon May 30, 2011 9:44 am

Brilliant, life's a struggle no matter what you are.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Mon May 30, 2011 9:54 am

Dancer wrote:I shouldn't have watched that video - I'm all worried about the littlest ones now :cry:

Dancer....You are right to have worried - nature is very cruel. :cry: :cry:
*******If you are squeamish - don't watch this one*******

This morning, there were 5 chicks when we looked at 7.00am. Two were very much smaller than the others.

By 08.30 the bigger ones had trampled one to death and were walking on the carcass. By about 9.15, they were systematically trampling another - which was still alive. That is when this vid was done. You can also clearly see a bluebottle in the nest, attracted by the death.

Oh..... the cruelty of nature.... and we dare not intervene.

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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Gulliver » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:09 pm

On Monday morning 7.00 we had 3 chicks of which:-
2 small
2 large
2 mid sized
Around 8.00, the larger ones attacked 1 small one and killed it - trampling it to death

An hour later, a repeat with the other small one

Today, they turned on the middle sized guy and finished it off.

Now there are two overbloated and evil-looking ones left.

I'm not publishing any more pics ... the sight of carrion and bluebottles together with the evil twins is not pleasant
But we let nature take its course.

The survival of the fittest
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Denis Cromie » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:26 pm

So it's not just cats and magpies that do the killing. Seeing nature at work is not always pleasant.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Gulliver » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:43 pm

Thursday evening.... One solitary bird in the nest - some feathers on the ground would suggest that the other one fledged but was caught by a predator - probably a magpie or other bird, as we seldom see a cat around. Parents still feeding and clearly trying to encourage the youngster to fly.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby farmboy » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:59 pm

What fantastic pictures and videos! They are regular visitors in our garden so must be nesting nearby. Great topic Gulliver. 8-)
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The Final Chapter

Postby Gulliver » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:27 am

Sunday morning 5th Jun about 09.05am. Only 1 surviving bluetit from a clutch of 15 eggs. Mother attempts to persuade youngster to fly... and almost succeeds.... watch this space
Fortunately, the clothesline is empty!!!!

Filmed using the movie feature of a Kodak Easyshare model P712

5 minutes later, another attempt to assemble the confidence to make the big leap


9.18am... the launch into the big world outside


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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Holla » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:19 am

marvilous stuff Gulliver thank you again for all the time and efort
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Strum » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:31 pm

Up up and away. That was a brilliant blog and topic Gulliver. Well done and thanks for taking all the time out to post it. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Gulliver » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:09 pm

And thanks for the opportunity to post it!
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Denis Cromie » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:26 pm

Thanks again Gulliver. It was an education to see nature in action.
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