Blue Tits nesting!

The great news this week is that the blue tits are nesting again this year in our camera box!

They nested last year and, perhaps because of a shortage of food, the nest was abandoned when the chicks were very young. Upsetting at the time but this is nature and it is something that happens quite a lot!

Anyway here we go again. The birds were interested in the box in January and were checking it out frequently since then.

On the 18th April the box was quite empty- but not for long! By the 18th the birds were bring in material, mostly moss from the field behind the tree.

On the 22nd she roosted in the box for the first time and now spends each night snuggled down into her nest. Last year it was just five days after first roosting that she played her first egg. We used to get up at 5.30am to watch her lay her eggs- so regular was she that we could set the alarm clock and see the tiny eggs arrive!

By the 23rd they were bring in softer material (last night she came in with a large feather which she didn’t know what to do with at first!) She is coming in all the time now with wispy bits of material ensuring that the nest is well insulated. She spins around in the middle of it all shaping everything into the secure nest shape that will, hopefully keep her eggs safe- after all she can lay up to twelve eggs, one each day!

We also had our two eyed fox visit last night- hopefully you can see that here!

After a quiet few months things are getting exciting and I will keep you up to date with progress on the nest front!

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15th April- one empty nest box

 

 

 

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