We have some long tailed tits nesting in a hedge in the garden. Their chicks hatched possibly a week ago and the local magpie clocked the frenzied foraging of the parents. I saw the magpie leave the hedge (via the exit used by the parents). The magpie didn’t seem successful (the hedge is a very spiky pyrocantha) and I can still hear the chicks... but the parents haven’t been in or out of the hedge since - although I did see them in a nearby tree.
I am hopeful that the parents haven’t abandoned the nest as they are in nearby trees - but if they don’t show any signs of returning, what should I do?
Thanks for the update. Because LTTs usually nest very early, they do run the risk of being visible at least until leaves are fully open. I've not been lucky enough to have nesting LTTs, but suspect many nests are located by predators, but safe due to access issues for them. Fingers crossed the magpie works out its time is better spent looking elsewhere.
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