No sooner are the little ones born than there is the first minor drama in the nest box.
This morning, the great tit mum was a little clumsy. When leaving the nest hollow, she accidentally catapulted one of the chicks out of the hollow.
The chick then crawled laboriously over the moss through the box. At some point, the mum took notice of the chick, but could not or would not bring it back into the nest hollow.
Fortunately, I discovered the chick early.
After a moment’s pondering and preparation, I decided to intervene.
I timed the moment when the titmother left the nesting box. I jumped onto the ladder provided, opened the nest box and put the chick back into the hollow.
The whole action took less than 30 seconds.
Shortly afterwards one of the parents came into the box and a little later the mum was sitting on the nest again. So everything went well.
Apart from that, 2 more chicks hatched during the night. So at the moment there are 8 little great tits in the nest. I almost suspect that the 9th egg is unfertilised and will end up with 8 chicks.
!!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!
The intervention was only possible because my nest box is equipped with a camera and I was able to wait for the right moment. If the mother had still been sitting on the nest while the nest box was being opened, she would probably have been so frightened that she would have given up her nest in all probability.
Therefore: Such interventions should always be avoided, as there is always the danger that the birds will feel so disturbed and frightened that they will abandon the nest and the young will die.
I was only able to wait for the right moment to intervene because of the presence of a camera and to keep the intervention as short as possible (less than 30 seconds) through appropriate preparation and the good accessibility of the nest box.