Semi-Live Image (IR) ... Upgrade in progress....for more info check out posts...

Friday, 20 May 2011

Pre-Departure Commotion?

18:59: I think the hatchling are almost ready to leave the nest.
I have the feeling that they are being invited by one (or both parents) to leave the warm and comfort of the nesting box. The parent bird flies to the entrance of the box and then flies away again. Sometimes it has a worm in its beak. The hatchlings are really active and are continously chirping. I wonder if the hatchlings will leave tonight or not. Last year the Great Tits left at 8 pm so it is not too late yet.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Sparrow Photos

It is now 21:16 and the hatchlings made their way by themselves back into the dome-protected nest. The mother Sparrow has not yet shown herself. Last night she slept near the nest but still within the nesting box. I wonder now whether something has happened to her or whether she now, given the size of the hatchlings, no longer sleeps in the nesting box (which is though suprising since there is enough space). In addition, I noticed, that the frequency with which the hathclings were fed this evening was quite low. I really hope nothings has happened.

Growing Fast

The four Sparrow hathclings are growing incredibly fast! In the last couple of days, the four occupy the outer spaces of the nest and no longer wait in the dome-protected nest area for the parents to arrive with food. In the semi-"live" stream it thus frequently happens that the image appears to be filled with a bird-body.

Yesterday, one hungry hatchling waiting...

and demanding...

Today, hatchling-traffic at nest entrance:

I image that they will be soon 2 weeks old. I hope they fly out when I am at home.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Four Very Hungry Tree Sparrow Hatchlings

Four starving hatchlings have wide open eyes and are starting to become very active....

Here is an image sequence and a video from one of the many times the hathclings were fed today.

The hatchlings are starting to have well defined feathers on their wings but still lack the fluffy plumage which will keep them warm once they leave the nest.