Five of the original seven chicks have now died - the mother bird has removed their bodies herself. This high death rate is common for small birds, but it does allow the survivors to flourish because they can now have a larger share of the food. This is mainly caterpillars and other insects. If all goes well, the remaining chicks should be ready to fly the nest in around a fortnight. We will continue to keep you posted on their progress via updates on the website.
A clip from this morning which shows the mother removing a white, wriggling creature from the nest. Is it a very small mouse?