we have a starling box & so far this year we had one brood of 5 fledged! Unfortunately the camera in the box got really hazy & it was difficult to see but there is a dead baby in the nest now with maggots! There is a set of starlings-not sure if it’s the original or different trying to reorganise the nest & bringing in new material! Will they just ignore the dead body & build on top or what is likely to happen??
thanks for any answers.
In reply to Ianthe K:
Hi Ian, Sorry that no one has replied to you. This might be because at this time of year there is so much bird activity that threads quickly disappear from the front page of the Forum and some of the posters here are particularly interested in one or a few species of birds and they may never look at the community's home page which shows threads in the order in which anyone starts a new one or posts on any of them. Sorry, I am not an expert but I imagine that the new pair of Starlings might have gone ahead and covered the corpse with new nesting material. It is possible that by the time any new chicks would hatch that the maggots would have turned into flies and flown away and the nest box might have no more vermin than in a nest which started fairly clean, but this is only pure speculation on my part, of course. What happened to the nest and did you do anything to it or just observe what happened? Best of luck with your bird watching in the future.
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Sounds like optimum starling habitat! Would be interested to know if they do have a successful second brood. As well as my own house prev, I've not seen any starlings in this area (not many so easy to monitor) have second broods.
In reply to Robbo:
Robbo said:As well as my own house prev, I've not seen any starlings in this area (not many so easy to monitor) have second broods.
I can't be certain Robbo but I think my lot have second broods, I've had an onrush of youngsters (up to 30 at any one point) and it has now gone quiet again now they are older, but if this year goes like the others I should get another batch later on.
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