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Nesting blue tits with more than 2 adults feeding!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:09

Thanks Pansyface, I will definitely register my nest box.

Nesting blue tits with more than 2 adults feeding!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:46

I have nesting blue tits at the moment but things are a bit unusual and something I certainly haven't experienced before is happening.

In early Spring I noticed that at least 3 tits were building the nest. One of the tits spent most of it's time chasing a third tit around the garden, trying to prevent it putting nesting material in the nest.

Now there are chicks and I am certain that there are at least 3 tits bringing food to the nest. All the birds seem now to be content with this scenario. There may be 4 of them feeding but as all blue tits are the same, and I have only seen the 3 birds queueing up to go into the nest, I can't be sure about that.

Has anyone else heard of this behaviour? Is it unusual or is it common to have shared nesting like this?

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:34

We have waxwings here some Winters (although not this year). They arrive in their dozens and don't leave for usually 2/3 days until our large cotoneaster tree is stripped bare. We have experienced guys with massive camera lenses outside our house once!

I currently have a family of 5 very noisy starlings feeding on the dried mealworms that I put out, even my cat skulks back into the house when they are around, they are so noisy! I also have  nesting blue tits where 3 or maybe 4 tits are all feeding the nesting chicks (but that's another thread).

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:42

I haven't posted for awhile but wanted to tell everyone that my hedgehog is still hibernating.

I found his overwintering hole the other day. Very gratifying actually because there is an obvious hedgehog sized hole burrowed into all the leaves and logs that I had purposefully laid beside my shed and under sheltering trees. I call it my wild part of the garden, kept untidy specifically for wildlife. So now I have somewhere to place him when he is returned to the wild.

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 09:33

Thank you everyone and Angie I'm sorry to learn of your loss as well.

Hoggy is still hibernating. He's been out of it for a fortnight now. He's such a lucky boy having a greenhouse to curl up in with this freezing weather!

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 09:34

Poor Katie was put to sleep yesterday. I miss her so much, my heart literally aches for her. She was so very special, whenever I went to the loo she'd sit and wait outside for me. She followed me around the house, when I walked up the stairs she'd run up past me and quickly lie down on the top hall so that I'd stroke her. So many things I'll miss.


only leaves

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 15:53

Me too. It had flowers last year but has come up blind (I think that's the term) this year. I kept it cool until Autumn then brought it inside, warmed it up, watered it, fed it and talked to it - nowt' but big shiny leaves. Should I just chuck it or might it flower next year?

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:15

A quick update, the hedgehog is still hibernating! I heard someone talking about hibernation on Radio 4 this morning (or was I dreaming it??). Hibernation is far more than a sleep, more of a deep unconsciousness. When they come out of it they really don't know where they are (our Hoggy is certainly going to be puzzled when he wakes to find himself inside a greenhouse.)

My cat is not faring so well, she has feline pancreatitis which can be fatal. Things are very much in the balance at the moment. She spent 48 hours at the vets but we have her at home now, keeping a close eye on her and trying to pursuade her to eat. We have no intention of letting her suffer for any longer than necessary. It's a sad time. I'm sorry to bore people with my cat whoes, I realize that not everyone on this forum is a cat lover.

Hope your cat has fared better Victoria and I'm so sorry Tootles that you lost yours, but 14yrs is a good age and I'm sure he/she had a good life with you.

How do I encourage hedgehogs into my garden?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 13:51

Mark, I don't see any reason not to put feed out for hedgehogs, especially in Winter when their normal food sources are absent. Of course they are wild animals and can generally get by but they are becoming rarer and like starlings and other 'classified red' animals, they need our help. Birds are wild animals but we feed them - there is no argument that this is the right thing to do.

If a hedgehog breaks it's hibernation and starts looking for food, it will possibly die. It has woken up because it is hungry or ill and does not have enough fat on it's body to get through the Winter so it starts foraging for food that isn't naturally around in Winter. Sue at Rochdale Hedgehog Rescue told me all this so it's on good authority.

Even in Summer, hedgehogs resort to slugs rather than eating them as a first preference; in fact eating too many slugs, which suffer from lungworm, passes this fatal disease onto the hedgehog as I understand it so an alternative food source would be good for them in my view.

Mark, if you decide to put food out, dried cat food (meat rather than fish based) and/or dried mealworms are nutritious and neither will freeze or become putrified outside. My own ideas of how to stop cats getting at these is maybe to put a couple of bricks on their sides, parallel to each other and about 6" apart, and place something on top and astride the bricks to form a tunnel which only the hog can get into. I found the hog that I am currently overwintering under my bird feeder so knowing that he will go there when I release him in Spring, I will place the feed tunnel under the feeder.

It sounds like you have had hogs in your garden previously so you can't be doing much wrong in terms of your garden's suitability for them! Let a bit of your garden go wild and a bit messy, beside or behind a shed maybe, and throw swept up leaves down there along with twigs and any logs you have. Make sure your boundaries have escape routes in them - hogs roam through as many as 10 gardens each night looking for food. Grow a patch of wild or insect benificial flowers so that they have a source of insects and bugs to eat.

Here is a great hedgehog site which I have used to help me overwinter my hedgehog (he is still hibernating by the way!)

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and here's hoping you spy those lovely cuteys again in your garden.

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:54

Our cat Katie is very poorly and the vet can't find out what is wrong with her. I fear we are going to lose her and it's a question of when to do the right thing for her. The vet is phoning us tomorrow morning to discuss things with us.

It's hard, as anyone who has animals will know.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Hoggy is still asleep!!


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