Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Quadruplets Possibly Sextuplets !!

Further to the last post, here is an update on the chicksBlack Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros).  I have been watching them as closely as possible and only in my last photo, taken at 7 days old, do there appear to be six youngsters in the nest.  It is one of the smallest nests I have ever seen, though fairly deep.  I am wondering however if they are all going to fit in it for much longer!!  See how many you think there are ?

Mum appears to be doing a fantastic job and appears very patient with me taking a look every couple of days.


27 June 2012 above


29 June 2012

Finally, on 2 July 2012 at a week old, I can see what I think are 5 beaks here, but there also looks like another eye hidden on the left. Six maybe?


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54 comments:

  1. You are a wizzard with that camera. They are getting bigger, so I suspect they'll soon be moving to other quarters :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  2. Mary, thanks for the kind comment, I am already surprised that they fit in the little nest :) Take care Diane

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  3. Could be six, but I'm not bettig on it ;) One thing is sure though; they are really, really cute ...but they will never win a beauty contest - lol! Martine

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  4. Counting eyes, I think you're right that there are six in the nest! So cute!

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  5. Martine I have to agree, not beauty show winners, but oh so cute. The parents are quite plain but they do seem to have characters different to the other birds around. Have a great day Diane

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  6. Freda I wonder if I will ever be sure of the number bit it certainly looks like six to me in that last photo. Stay well Diane

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  7. You have witnessed something truly magical. Beautiful post!

    Red

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  8. Boye By Red, we are really enjoying seeing these chicks grow up. As you say it is magical. Diane

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  9. Oh wow, that last shot is so gorgeous. I love their blue eyes!

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  10. chubskulit they are so cute, we are enjoying watching them grow day by day. Enjoy your celebrations today. Diane

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  11. Not cute, but a pretty good nest of chicks.

    They probably take a lot of feeding. Lovely to see them.

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  12. No matter how many, they sure do fill the next. What a wonderful experience to watch them grow. Nice shots.

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  13. Gaynor I think they are cute, matter of taste :) Whatever, we are enjoying watching them grow up. Take care Diane

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  14. Gaelyn, you are right about filling the nest. if you could really see how small it is!!!! Hope all is well with you. Diane

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  15. Aw, they look so cute. It looks like 6 sets of eyes to me in the bottom photo.

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  16. Joyful I agree, it certainly looks like six in the last photo :-) Diane

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  17. They are just too beautiful, aren't they. What a special joy to be able to watch them grow... you are a very lucky lady and thanks for sharing!

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  18. lostpastremembered I also think we are lucky to be able to see this family grow from day one. It is a pleasure to share. Have a great day Diane

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  19. wow they are so cute, magic to watch nature close up

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  20. Diane, quelle chance de pouvoir profiter d'aussi près de la nature.
    A bientôt.

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  21. Rebecca we are very lucky to get this chance to see nature at such close quarters. Take care Diane

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  22. Nadji Nous sommes très chanceux. Bonne journée Diane

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  23. It's always fun to watch the baby animals grow, isn't it?

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  24. It is amazing how quickly they are growing.

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  25. Margie watching any animal grow is fun I agree, but somehow I enjoy this more than watching domestic animals. Stay well Diane

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  26. cheshire wife yes one week and they look like birds already! Have a good day Diane

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  27. This is Belgium, very fast I can hardly believe how advanced they are already. Have a good day. Diane

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  28. Te de Ternura, Gracias por la visita. Aprecio. Buen día. Diane

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  29. Jay they really are very sweet. We are enjoying them growing up. Diane

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  30. They are very sweet Diane:) Have a lovely weekend!
    ~Anne

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  31. Anne I have to agree :)) Enjoy the weekend. Diane

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  32. Oh they are so cute - you have done really well getting such great pictures of them

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  33. Oh how adorable! How fun that you have a "bird's eye view" of all of this!

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  34. Ellie we are enjoying quietly keeping track of what is going on. Have a great weekend. Diane

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  35. The Café Sucré Farine, Ha ha you are right we really do have a birds eye view and it is fun. Take care Diane

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  36. Omy sextuplets is. Amazing and are so nice!!so cute Diane!

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  37. I wasn't sure what I was going to see from the headline but what a lovely surprise! I have no idea how many there are but I agree they looking like they'll get too big for the nest very soon. Great pictures/post. x

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  38. Gloria we are delighted with our 'little' family and it such fun watching them. Diane

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  39. Froggy I hope you did not think it was my sextuplets LOL. Have a great weekend Diane

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  40. So cute! I hope they will all survive.

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  41. so cute with blue eyes! seriously, i dont think i would dare to go close to them when the mother is around, i'm afraid that she might poke on me!! LOL!

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  42. Merci Diane de nous faire partager ce beau moment de la vie des oiseaux de votre jardin! Vous êtes des "parents d'adoption" très attentifs.
    Souhaitons une longue vie à ces petits hirsutes!
    Bon dimanche à vous.

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  43. Lucie, C'est un plaisir. J'aime les petits oiseaux. Bon dimanche. Diane

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  44. Lena the mother is no problem. she is a very good mother but very patient with me. Have a good day Diane

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  45. Great shots Diane. I can't get over what great close-ups you've gotten. They are adorable. We've had collie pups, but never chicks.
    Sam

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  46. Sam where the nest was it was quite easy to get close ups. Mum never seemed to be worried about me at any stage. Diane

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  47. Lovely shots!
    I have a nest too under the veranda!
    They are very familiar birds!
    At close look, I think you've got 5 only which is a nice size clutch!
    The parents must be pretty busy!
    Hope you are well too!
    I am soooo busy running here and there after good fauna subjects, as you might well imagine!
    Cheers Diane, XXXX

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  48. Diane, what great pictures..You were lucky to catch the little birds.
    I always consider a picture like this a "gift"..Wonderful job.
    xoCarolyn

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  49. Carolyn, nature is wonderful and I agree this was a gift :) Diane

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  50. Loulou they really were, I am sad they have flown the nest but I hope they are well. Diane

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