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Friday, 4 June 2010

If You Go Down To The Woods Today....



We were so overcome with the adorable baby birds in our front garden that we just had to check up on them to see how they'd grown. Quite a bit, as it happened, in just six days - suddenly they're not bald any more so they look like mini birds now, rather than ugly-cute newborns:

Inside the nest box


We actually have a few nest boxes scattered around our garden. The one I've been showing you is right in front of our house, but there are more out in the woods:

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So, inspired by the cute babies, we went out to see if we could find more. Not all the boxes are inhabited (apparently some of our birds would rather live in a hedge than in a house!) but we did find a couple more little families.

The first ones we found were the tiniest we've seen yet - with hardly any feathers. We guessed they may be blue tits, which typically have more babies, and are smaller birds. They made such a noise!

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For scale, here's a picture where you can see the whole box:

Seven babies - maybe bluetits

Whereas the next ones we found were much more grown up:

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Sadly I think we'll have gone on holiday before they learn to fly. Maybe next year...?

14 comments:

Fly Girl said...

These birdies are so sweet, I'd be enthralled with them too. Do they allow you to feed them?

smilla4blogs said...

How wonderful they are actually nesting in your bird boxes! Even if you don't see them fledge, they'll probably remember their safe cozy home next year.

Writing Without Periods! said...

What a wonderful/spring/summer present and thanks for sharing. I live in the desert and we don't get to see things like this.
Mary

M @ Betty Crapper said...

Love the picture of the teeniest tiniest group of babies. That open mouth.... Awwwwwww

Elle said...

These pictures are fantastic! I especially like the one with the wide open beak--great shot!

Kristen @ Motherese said...

I enjoyed watching a family of baby robins hatch right outside my window a few weeks ago. They've since flown off (I hope they weren't eaten by a rampaging raccoon!) and so I enjoyed this glimpse of your bird families in their absence.

Enjoy your upcoming trip, Rachel!

Tabor said...

The birds must love your place!

Emma said...

They are sooooo cute!! Hope that you have a fab holiday xx

Alice Braga said...

This post reminded me of a Wordsworth quote I cam across recently. “Come forth into the light of things. Let nature by your teacher.”

Precious.

Stephanie V said...

Wonderful shots, Rachel. That bright orange and yellow open beak is a great capture! We're watching our wee chickadees hopping about, getting stronger every hour. The crow is stalking them, though.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

How sweet! That's awesome that you've seen so much of them even if you do miss the first flight.

Holly said...

They are adorable and sweet.I love little birdies.

ScoMan said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again.. you are really lucky to live where you live.

Do you need someone to look after your place while you're holidaying? I'll gladly move in for a few months.

liliannattel said...

Great photos! I would say more but my thoughts have been shattered by 2 shrieking children horsing around on the couch.

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