Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Parental Responsibility


We have two families of blue tits living in holes in the barn walls.The parents are grafters, they never stop work from dawn till dusk (which is a long shift at this time of year) back and forth, back and forth; with food for their chicks. Like new parents the world over, it appears the responsibilities of parenthood  has taken a toll;

New parents 1-2 

their plumage is a little crumpled and they appear a somewhat distracted.

Steadfast readers might remember, broods of chicks from a previous summer



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

16 thoughts on “Parental Responsibility

  1. Gorgeous! I love that grumpy one in the second shot.

    Did you see the photo in the papers at the weekend of a rather tired looking Long Tailed Tit trying to feed a line of 8 chicks?

  2. Nicely caught, especially the adult on the washing line. Blink and you miss it.

  3. What a face! (the second one.) Sometimes I feel just like that…

  4. Great photographs – the little one in the top picture does look a bit careworn, although seeing what he/she is going home to explains it! How grumpy is that chick?!

  5. When I had an infant to look after, waving a comb in the direction of my head was as much grooming as I got most days. The wee parent birds have my sympathies.

    Love that second picture. Like he (or she) is saying “I’ll remember you, you know”.

  6. A great image of family chaos – how well I remember it. And I had but one chick.

    These days the first photo could stand for the distracted blogger and the second for the hungry blog!

  7. Great captures! Really loving the composition and cleanness of the first image.

  8. This last pic just made me laugh!! A mother’s job is never done!!!

  9. Lucky you as I only ever catch glimpses of blue tits flitting around in the trees!

    Re NiC’s question here’s the photo of the long tailed tit and youngsters

    • That photo is a gem. I’m pleased to think the party of about 6 long-tailed tits that were regular visitors to the bird table last winter might be bringing up such a broods. I’ve not seen them for a while.

  10. Oh, that expressive little fellow – is exceptional!
    And the first is just great. How did you get that nice background?

  11. What wonderful photos! I came here from Flighty’s blog and love your photographs. Can’t wait to look at more. I also like your “magpie mind” comment.

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