Blue tit disaster

Our cat has brought down a bid box with three reasonably large blue tit chicks in it. They are hiding down in the box but come out to ask for food if the box is shaken. The box is very old and rotten, incapable of being reattached.

What can we do?

  • Sorry no one replied. The site is hardly used anymore.

    Presumably you have already done something?

    Any nest box needs to be sighted out of reach of mammals.

    The box should have been put back as close as poss to where it had been. Might have got away with it on top of something. Too late now I think. Wildlife rescue centre is best option if you still have them indoors. 

  • Thanks. You are right. No-one else has replied. We did do a couple of things.

    As per your last point, our neighbour suggested putting the box near the tree so we put it on a table at the base, This enabled the parents to find it again, clever things, and they started going in with food, after a bit of uncertainty. However we could see that the cats and local magpies had also found it. It was not only fragile but also a bit broken so leaving it there was not an option.

    So a friend with fewer thumbs than I have (I have ten) came round and put up a simple shelf at the same place and secured the box there, with as little working on the box itself, just one screw to hold it together. Again the clever parents found it and so they kept visiting for the rest of that day and the next.

    But on the second day following, they were nowhere to be seen and tapping the box did not produce the same chick chirruping we had heard a lot of previously. We have not looked inside so we don't know if they are inside, dead, or fledged. My guess would be the former as they were pretty small. I would also guess that if one died, the others would soon follow.

    One thing we did notice when they were visiting was that one parent was bold and direct but the other was much more reticent, fluttering its wings and hopping from branch to branch before eventually going in. Why was this? We don't know.

    Anyway, sad in the end, but we did try.