Great tits incubating second clutch

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 15.06.2016 - 10:14

Text  Margus Ots, coordinator of Great Tit Year
Image from webcam captured by  Laranjeiras, LK forum
Translation Liis

Camera view from nest box 1

Camera view from nest box 1


Great tit      Rasvatihane     Parus major


A part of great tits in Estonia nest twice during the summer. At present the young from the first clutch have mostly left the nest and the tits are laying a second clutch. While the first clutch of great tits has 8-13 eggs, the second is smaller – usually 6-9 eggs. The tits that started laying the second clutch earliest have started incubating again by now.

In nest box no 1 with a webcam the juveniles of the first clutch left on June 3rd and only 3 days later the great tit started laying the eggs of the second clutch in the nest box. By today she has been incubating the 8-egg clutch for 2 days already. Since incubation lasts 12-14 days the chicks will hatch around June 25th-27th.

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