The last two of seven hatched blue tits sadly finally succumbed overnight to the weather induced food shortage and died of starvation after the parent finally gave up. The constant cold strong wind for two weeks has blown all the caterpillars off the branches and despite me putting out some live mini mealworms the parent was unable to find them before other birds got them. The local wildlife hospital was going to accept the last two and hand rear them as they were near fledging but as the parent came in late yesterday they said I shouldn't interfere with the nest.
That's three consecutive years now none have fledged, all due to lack of food.
What a shame FW. This morning i got back from my dog walk and found a fledged Blue Tit by the back door and wondered how it ended up there. I decided it best to leave it to its fate as i wasn't sure if it was being fed still or had perhaps taken a knock from the window (I did elevate it off the ground to give it half a chance).
The relentless cold wind and dry conditions here in E-Sussex have wreaked havoc with my garden and the wildlife. Our bird numbers are down, especially so the Tit species, we've lost our marsh tits and our coal/blue tit numbers are significantly down too. Our Wisteria Sinensis has bloomed and finished with barely a bee or any other flying insect present to collect the nectar. Same can be said for the foxgloves which are nearly always a guaranteed top tier bee watching location. Very few butterflies and moths too. My wildflower meadow, on the face of it, looks great but is conspicuous by its almost complete emptiness of life.
It would be lovely if we could just catch a break, every year i think the same around March "will this be the year?" just a couple of years on the trot where our absurd climate just calms down a bit and gives nature a chance.