Female Great Tit killed by a cat

Afternoon all,

I really need some advise, there was a nesting pair of Great Tits in my mums new bird box, she was so excited.  The female was killed by next doors cat, so I said to mum to clear out the box in case another pair wanted to use it, she opened the box and there was a nest inside with 6 eggs, she threw them away and chucked the beautifully made nest. 
The male Great Tit is in the tree, constantly chirping, could he have hatched and raised the eggs alone?  Should I have told mum to leave the nest alone?  
I’m racked with guilt now and feel so sad. 
Please let me know if I did or didn’t do the right thing, I’d like to know either way.

Thank you. 

  • Awful thing to have happened Emma but, by law, you should have left the nest alone ... too late now but you will know if there's a next time!

     

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  • Oh no, so I have broken the law and destroyed any hope of the eggs hatching I will certainly never suggest that again, I feel awful. Could the male have raised them alone do you think?
  • Don't beat yourself up too much Emma for a genuine mistake through lack of knowledge & experience... doubtful he could have managed alone with having to leave eggs/ hatchlings in order to forage for enough food IMHO!  Sometimes there are successes if chicks already hatched & feathered!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Okay thank you. Lesson learned for sure!!!