We have recently had the pleasure of watching a pair of willy wagtails raise three chicks in our front yard. Here is their story…
I had noticed willy wagtails collecting cobwebs and threads from around the garden. Then I discovered why; they were building a nest on a rafter on our front veranda. They are such bright sparkling birds to watch around the place.
Three days later there were three eggs in the nest.
We have babies… Three babies hatched today.
The babies are now nine days old and feathering up quite well. They are also filling that nest. For the last couple of days they have been talking (or shouting “Pick me”) whenever the parents come with some food. It is a never ending job feeding them, the parents turn up roughly every minute with something.
Day Ten. What a difference a day makes! Not so squeezy…
I came home from work this afternoon to find one chick in the nest, one outside the nest and one in a nearby garden. It is only twelve days since they hatched.
I really didn’t think they were ready for the outside world yet so when the one in the garden came back to below the nest, I popped him back up on the rafter. He quickly scurried back in with his siblings. Too many cats roam around here for him to be safe on the ground overnight.
Mum and dad were dive bombing me and swearing at me while I took these photos.
Day Fourteen and the baby Willy Wagtails have all left the nest. The first one spent last night in a nearby tree and tonight all three are in our Flowering Ash tree. They can fly but are still on their ‘L’ plates. They are safe from cats there but we had a tree snake around today so I’m not sure how safe they are from it.
This morning the whole family were still here but they are disappeared later on. Our neighbour mentioned that the magpies she feeds were being harassed by a couple of willy wagtails so maybe ours just moved next door. It will be fun looking out for them and hopefully next year a brand new family will be raised.