Ynys-hir Wood warblers

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15th June 2011

The one that didn't get away

Two sexton beetles crawl over dead warbler chick

One of the six warbler nestlings did not fledge successfully.

We can't be sure when it died, but within hours of the five others leaving, webcam watchers spotted two sexton beetles starting the process of moving and burying the carcass.

They collect carrion and build underground larders on which to lay their eggs.

Five take flight

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Five take flight

After two weeks in an increasingly cramped nest, five of the chicks successfully fledged. It seems their flight may have been prompted by an unthreatening but unexpected visitor.

Chris Packham and Kate Humble discuss how they will continue to develop, now that they can grow all their feathers free from the confines of the nest.

Within 2-3 months, all the wood warblers will have set off on migration for southern Europe and then beyond, south of the Sahara.

Blackbird vs wood warblers

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Blackbird vs wood warblers

The Springwatch webcams caught a blackbird apparently bringing food to the wood warbler nest. Kate Humble and Chris Packham discuss whether it's confused - or planning its main course.

13th June 2011

Wood warbler nest

There are six nestlings and two very attentive adults in the wood warbler family that Springwatch is keeping its cameras trained upon.

Feed rates can be up to 80 visits an hour - they're so fast you often can't see what the parents have brought for the hungry juveniles.

Watch the video clip below for background information on how the wood warblers and near neighbours the grasshopper warblers manage to get along just fine.

10th June 2011

Warbler ecological niches

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Warbler ecological niches

Chris Packham explains how the wood warbler and grasshopper warbler can live in close proximity, despite being similarly sized insect-eating migrants.

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Warbler at its nest, feeding grub to chick

Springwatch cameras followed a wood warbler family, hidden in their woodland floor nest.

Profile of a wood warbler perched on a branch Wood warbler

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