BIRDS: Blue Tit Fledglings at Westport (30th May 2014)

I took a trip to Westport Lake on Friday. The weather was slightly overcast and as I walked along the canal I heard this unmistakable sound in the trees…

This is the glorious sound of plenty of blue tit fledglings. They were very difficult to see through all the foliage, but following the sound I finally spotted them. They were definitely newly fledged and the parents could be seen feeding them in the trees. Watching blue tits fledging on springwatch this morning, watching my own blue tit chicks close to fledging and  seeing these newly fledged blue tits at Westport is a clear sign that now is the time to see chicks in the wild. Listen for chirping, follow the sound and you are surely guaranteed to see one of these very cute fluffy blue tit chicks.

They are very similar to the adult, but have a yellow chest unlike the white chest of the adults.

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I also spotted this lone moorhen chick on the lake. One minute he was fluffing his feathers then he appeared to be standing high up on tip toes!

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