Today there was lots of activity in our nest box cam. Lots of coming and going. It
seems that whichever bird made a preliminary visit to the box thought it was a promising
enough location to bring its mate along for a viewing.
The birds carried out a very thorough inspection and one (presumably the female)
seemed to test it out for size by sitting on the floor as though sitting on a nest
and fluffing out her feathers.
Other than the main visits lots of tiny heads popped in through the hole. The question
is was it always the same pair or is there a competition developing?
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Lots of activity again today. Several visits by blue tits (always blue tits even
though we have great tits in the garden too). Each time they really checked out the
facilities. Maybe they are measuring up to decide how much nesting material they
will need. We are left wondering whether it is the same pair of birds that keep coming
to have another viewing or whether the visitors are different birds. Just hope that
at least one pair decides to move in.
Sunday 6th March 2011
Lots of activity again today. More of the same really lots of popping in and out
and giving the interior a good going over.
Monday 7th March 2011
More of the same again today really lots of popping in and out and giving the interior
a good going over. One bird fluttered around the floor of the box looking as though
it was testing the size for when the young try to spread their wings. It fluttered
in all directions including a diagonal path across the box. The blackbirds in the
garden were collecting nesting material today, perhaps our blue tits might notice
too and take a hint.
Tuesday 8th March 2011
More inspection visits again today. Today one bird seemed to pay particular attention
to the entrance hole. It sat looking out and seemed to be pecking around the outside
edge of the hole. Still don’t know whether the same birds keep coming back but surely
if that was the case by now they would have decided on whether the box fit the bill
Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March 2011
More inspection visits again over the last couple of days and seemingly lots of measuring
up using wingspans!
Monday 21st March 2011
There didn’t seem to be much progress whilst we were away in Cumbria but on Monday
- the first day of spring - there was a great deal of coming and going throughout
the day and a hint of a little bit of nesting material brought into the box. Worn
out with its efforts the little blue tit roosted in our nest box overnight night.
Tuesday 22nd March 2011
Our little blue tit was up and away at the crack of dawn. It seemed to become more
restless as the time for daybreak approached. More nesting material was brought to
the box during the day and it now looks as though serious nest building is taking
place. Another night was spent roosting in the nest box.
Sunday 27th March 2011
Once again our little blue tit was up and away at the crack of dawn. It does seem
to settle ready to roost quite early maybe worn out from the day’s activities. It
spends much of the day arranging and rearranging the moss that it has brought into
Monday 28th March 2011
The blue tit trying to make a start on nest building is presumably female. She just
can’t decide whether she is keen on using straw or not!
Tuesday 29th March 2011
The blue tit spends lots of time checking every nook and cranny of the nest box.
She seems to favour large clumps of moss for nest building which she pushes into
position using her head!
Wednesday 30th March 2011
Still lots of shifting nesting material around - she seems to be very fussy about
what stays in the nest preferring clumps of moss.
Thursday 31st March 2011
Today our busy little blue tit had an encouraging visit from her mate.