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Plumbeous Water Redstart (Phoenicurus fuliginosus)

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3 years 3 months ago #1083 by christopher glanville
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Dear Pete

I didn't mean my response to sound critical , just annoyed with my self for using antibiotics unwisely. The remaining youngsters look OK ( but they always do until they die!!)
It is hard to credit that I lost the last one due to a thunderstorm and I am worried about losing these to the heat.

Despite the nest being very close to the wire I have not seen either parent feeding the young and the hen leaves the nest as soon as I enter the garden.

The male and female appear not to interact but they must have at least three times!

Chris .

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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #1086 by Peter Moore
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Its ok Chris
i know what you mean.
Over 46 years of bird keeping i think ive experienced just about everything that could go wrong has done,
i really hope they do finish feeding the 2 young for you but keep an eye on the male that he dont start getting aggressive with the 2 youngsters, in any case i would remove them as soon as possible as you have learned when softbills decide they dont like someone they dont stop until there dead.
By the way Chris if you are lucky enough to breed an extra female i would be interested as i have a lonely male...
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3 years 3 months ago #1099 by christopher glanville
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One of the young has left the nest today Parents feeding it but it looks very young. Other chick still in the hanging basket

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3 years 3 months ago #1111 by christopher glanville
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both chicks fledged one is tail flicking and up on the perch but the other is sulking in the shade and looks a lot smaller

The hen has made a nest in the box she used for the first brood ( which died at the point of fledging) I had empted the box

Again she has used florists moss, some coconut fibre and then lined with animal hair
she built it very quickly

The chicks are definitely not feeding themselves yet

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3 years 3 months ago #1114 by Peter Moore
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Plumbeous redstarts youngsters can be sexed in the nest like Rufus bellied niltavas the young males flight feathers are darker than those of the hens.

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