Bluetits - Pimpelmezen
In a Home Garden, Castricum, The Netherlands
Photo Story by Stan Schaap and Susan Kramer
1. June 22, 2003. Parent bluetit getting ready to pass a morsel of insect into the youngins' whom we have yet to see. It is said it
takes 5,000 feeding trips to raise a baby. One day they will fly out and
abandon the nest till next winter; then they will huddle inside the nest for
2. Our friend Aloys
sitting and Susan trying unsuccessfully trying to view the baby bluetit. We could barely hear the chicks peeping. June 22,
3. Here is a parent bluetit.
They have blue back feathers and a yellow underside. June 22, 2003.
4. Moving ahead to June 29, 2003 we see the
first little head, actually wide-open mouth, waiting to be fed.
5. The birds seem to be able to hang upside
down. June 29, 2003.
6. June 29, 2003. The parent really flutters
its wings when holding still sometimes - reminiscent of a hummingbird.
7. Parent zooming away to catch more insects;
they are insectivores.
8. Hmmmm, I wonder
where that little one is?
9. The first baby poking its head out - it is
now June 29, 2003, and the first 2 babies flew the coop. Susan was extremely
fortunate to see 3 babies fly out, vigorously flapping their wings and landing
about 12 feet on the low roof and the fence; then zooming off not to be seen
10. and 11. Well, this is the 4th baby
(body about 4cm long) on the morning of June 30, 2003. It followed sibling
number 3 out of the nest, but wasn't quite strong enough to fly and hopped down
to the garden below and sat under the hydrangea bush. These leaves are on a ceanothus bush. For about 6 hours it called to a parent for
help? or food? sounding:
tsu, tsu, tsu ... tsu; hopping along under the
bushes, staying under cover. Twice a parent flew down and fed it, finally
leaving the chick on its own. Late in the afternoon after hours sounding its
call, it flew away.
11. Chick number 4's portrait shortly after
hopping down to the garden from its nestbox. Aren't
they fluffy - white cheeks and just a hint of their later yellow underbelly. Stan and Susan are suffering empty nest
syndrome now and wondering if they will come back to the nest box in winter?
Bluetit Bird - Pimpelmees