Blue Tit Webcam

We are delighted to bring you another live webcam in conjunction with Wildlife Kate. The nest seen here is located in the same wildlife garden in Staffordshire as our feeding cameras, snack bar camera, mammal box and fox cam.

The Blue Tit is one of our most common and recognisable garden birds. Often visiting gardens in flocks of up to 20 birds, in the search for food, and are frequent visitors to seed feeders and bird tables.

Blue Tits will build their nests of moss which can take a couple of weeks, and finish with a layer of feathers, fur or wool before laying begins. Blue Tits have the largest clutch of most birds and will typically lay between 8 & 12 eggs, though clutches of up to 16 eggs have been recorded.

Once laying begins, eggs will arrive daily - usually early each morning. The female will then pluck the feathers from her abdomen to create a bald 'brood patch' which she will use for incubation, which takes around 2 weeks.

Whilst the male will bring her food during incubation, she will not be reliant on him and so will be seen leaving the nest to feed during the day.

Chicks hatch bald and blind, and the female Blue Tit will continue to frequently sit on them to keep them warm, especially during the first five days. As the chicks grow and feathers develop, they will each need up to 100 caterpillars per day. The parents are in for a busy time if they have a lot of mouths to feed and so the chicks will be left unattended in the nest for most of this period, though the parent birds will be nearby and keeping a watch over their young.

Chicks will stay in the nest for around 19 days from hatching - though this can vary for each brood.

After fledging, young birds will stay with their parents for several weeks whilst discovering the outside world, and may also visit feeders and tables to help build up their strength as they start taking the first steps towards independence.

If you have any questions about any of our cameras, or would like to share updates or screenshots what you have seen, please visit our Facebook page, or email us at marketing@birdfood.co.uk.

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