My Nature Watch Corfe Mullen project moved into top gear this week with the first of our local Wildlife Events, a Nightjar & Glow-worm Twilight Wander on Barrow Hills, but did we see any? wander over to the website and read the event report for the full low-down of the evening. The second exciting thing that has happened this weekend is the hatching of my spotted flycatcher chicks.
Here you can see the proud parents having a bit of a shouting match at 9.45am this morning. Maybe they knew that something was about to happen?
The female has been patiently sitting on her eggs for roughly a week and a half. When we left to go to France for a week on the 21 June they had just finished the nest. I’m guessing she laid the eggs a couple of days later, and then they took between 10-14 days to hatch.
I haven’t bored you with lots of “Mum sitting on eggs” footage, as to be honest it was a bit dull, but now that the kids have arrived things will probably liven up a bit. I’m really hoping that Dad will step up to the mark, as he hasn’t been doing a great job of keeping Mum fed on the nest. However, I have been keeping an eye on what he “has” been bringing in and these are a couple of the frames that I saved.
This one above shows him actually bringing Mum some food on the 30 June at 1.11pm. I think this is a hoverfly of some sort. The second frame below shows him turning up today at 9.45am when Mum wasn’t even there with a big fat wasp. He then sat there for ages looking very confused and flustered. Between the two of us I don’t think he’s too bright!
I’m finishing tonight with a minute long compilation of the flycatchers over the last few days, the first part shows Dad bringing Mum a fly, then the shouting match today, and finishes with the first shots of the chicks tonight (I’m sure I will get better footage soon).
Lets keep our fingers crossed that the rain stops tomorrow and Mum and Dad can catch some decent flies for the kids…