We discovered the nest on Friday 5 June when it was nearly complete but no eggs had been laid. The next visit on Monday 8th revealed 2 eggs at 0820 and three eggs at 1600. At 1600 the next day there were 4 eggs and this proved to be the full clutch. The incubation period is given as 12-14 days and on 19 June, 10 days after the clutch was complete the female was still sitting on the unhatched eggs.
A visit on 22 June revealed the eggs had hatched and by the look of things within the last 24 hours..... In contrast a pair in Maridalen was still prospecting for a nest site on the same day.
|2 eggs 8 June 0830|
|adult sitting on 4 eggs 9 June 1600|
|the full clutch of 4 eggs 9 June|
|the nest from another angle|
|the sight that greeted us when we checked on 22 June|
|and 4 very recently hatched youngsters were under the adult (22 June)|
|and the 4 youngsters still alive 4 days later on 26 June|