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Life and death with the chicks

Been seeing a marsh tit regularly on our feeders, also a grey wagtail and dipper down by the stream.
  Still hearing the cuckoo most days, and wood warblers daily in the wood. Last year I didn't think I heard the wood warbler, but now they seem to be all over the wood, and have had a good view of them several times.
Plenty going on in the nest boxes, both great tit nests have hatched, the pied wagtail eggs hatched last week, the following day we had cold winds and some rain, and sadly no chicks now in the nest. Last year the chicks also died, probably by a predator in the same box, behind the summer house, think I will have to move it.
The blue tits have started to hatch, only just, three nests had a mixture of eggs and tiny chicks. The pied flycatchers have 4 nests with a good number of eggs 6 to 8. 8 a record for us. The above nest had the female in situ, so I didn't count eggs, another has a full nest but no eggs, so a bit concerned female has died. Also we have a male singing his heart out, between the lower garden and stream, has claimed a nest box which he keeps looking into and goes on calling for a mate for several days now, has also chased off another male. Checked the box yesterday and some grass has been put in, hopefully by a female, but I fear he has started that, don't know if that is normal. 

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