Box 7

12th May - Scruffy Died Defending the Nest

Scruffy

At around 0950 today, Scruffy died whilst defending the nest against an unknown attacker. There was unusually low activity recorded today. Checking the pictures, it was apparent that Scruffy had fought with something. At first we thought that she had left the box. Observing the male, we noticed that he was looking at something out of camera view. Turning the camera we saw Scruffy's body. We removed Scruffy from the box.

The male has returned a few times to feed the young. We hope that the 6 chicks will survive overnight, without mother's warmth. The lights have been left on full to heat the nest box.

Pictures from 9th May

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One of the last pictures of Scruffy
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After a while, the male came back with food
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