Flycatchers leave, Wagtails take over

The problem with setting up a motion activated camera is that if it is left trained on a nest of chicks for a day you end up with about two thousand pictures as the parents bring in a non-stop supply of food.  The Flycatchers have fledged and gone several days ago and now that we are missing their company we trawl through all those pictures.  The thing is, they all show the same thing.

Either the male arriving with food
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or the female arriving with food
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Bottoms sticking out of the box
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and chicks waiting impatiently
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Sometimes we see two family members together
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and occasionally a passing visitor
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But their box is now empty and quiet and attention shifts to the stump outside the kitchen window
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Three wagtail fledglings take up residence there and wait for the next airdrop of supplies; their two stronger siblings have already gone off to explore the world.
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They mob the hard-pressed parent
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and watch indignantly as he leaves
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How many insects are delivered each time?
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There are fledglings everywhere
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Meanwhile, out in the small animal house the Youngest Ones Of All don’t really like being on the floor
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looking at our feet. They would much rather wait to ambush us at eye-level
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Last night they ended up roosting on top of the Guinea Pig cage.

Elsewhere on the plot today

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