Last year a family of Great Tits moved in and I had to add a cover to the Owl-sized entrance hole so that only my great tits could get in. We had a competing squirrel who I thought would put off the Great Tits somewhat. Once these chick fledged, I converted it back to the larger entrance hole, and promptly forgot about it as work stuff too priority.
This was my first camera-equipped nest box and it has a roof-mounted ccd-type analogue camera. The box is approx 1x1x1 ft in dimensions. Camera image quality started off good, but has gradually deteriorated. I'm not sure what went wrong, whether its a combination of the 30ft AV cable run, or the subsequent 150ft wireless transmission over a crowded 2.4Hz frequency, or a dodgy camera, but because of this I have not checked it for several months - plus the PC with the motion capture software suffered a hard drive failure which I have only just got around to fixing.
I turned it all back on this afternoon expecting to get a blue screen, but there is some vestige of signal... and I have a new occupant! All I can see through the white noise is a fair few small leafy twigs, with "something" moving about Does not look very much like a small bird nest.
At this stage its not at all clear, but I suspect I may have bad case of squirrel. I suppose they need somewhere to nest too, so I wont begrudge them their squatters rights.
If I can clear up the video a bit I'll post some if its good enough.
|Not a nest of a small bird....|