Nest Boxes 2012

This is the story of our nesting blue tits this year.

Updates

 

1 egg to go
Mum checking out the chicks
2 jellybeans
2 chicks
1st chick
1st chick only minutes old
10 eggs. Still not hatched. Now later than last year
This time last year they had hatched. I’m a bit worried as they were slow to start incubating
10 eggs
10 eggs, but incubation seems hit or miss
10 eggs
Eggs covered in fur
9 eggs
8 eggs
Extra fur for warmth
5 eggs
They have started building in another nest box. Don’t know why
Mum checking another box. Have they abandoned the eggs?
Eggs with fur
5 eggs
5 eggs but not much incubating by parents
4 eggs
1st egg. Earlier than last year
Female roosting
Nest taking shape
Nest cup forming
Dog fur bring added
The female had roosted in the box all winter, every night without fail. Then on the 26th March she didn’t return! Panic and worry ensued. Shouldn’t have as she obviously had a cunning plan. At 19:05 on the 28th she brought in the the first bit of nesting material. Then for the next couple of days moss came in, then went out again. On the 1st April stuff stayed in and building began in earnest. 2 days later she chucked it all out and started again. Here is the progress so far -

It started slowly, with moss going in and out

At about the third attempt it started to take shape

Here she is making the cup

Looks a nice hollow for the eggs to sit in

A bit more stuff added

Some grass and hair came in

Liitle feathers have been added

Looking comfy

I put some dog fur out for them and it didn’t take long for them to come and get some for the nest