Wednesday 11 February 2015

Spring 2015 nest boxes - early interest

We've seen daily interest in our side-view bird box, but this has been limited to a 'once daily' blue tit.
Today up'd the ante with a pair of Great Tits in addition to the usual mid morning Blue Tit.

Both these clips are from the same day (Feb 9th 2015).  You can see I may need to do a bit of a Spring clean too...

Blue tit

Pair of great tits

Of note is that its the first time I've seen any bird inspect the window at the top of the nest box.  As you can see, the window does not overlook the nest site directly, evident in the ramp up which the Great tit is attempting to climb.  Oddly, both birds attempt the same thing for the first time on the same day.  Front view of this box as shown (although its mounted on the side of the house).

'pre in-situ' picture last Spring.
See the following posts of more detail: Inception, activity counter,

Squirrel box update

Over the  Autumn and Winter, the squirrel box continues to be used as an occasional refuge from rain and windy weather.  They've been only intermittent visitors recently, but lots of activity approx 1 month ago.  Periodic addition of nesting material continues as show in this series:

...or with the squirrel:

Next job is to get this year's bird nesting box completed and up in time for Spring...

1 comment:

  1. Damn those spiders! Although the webs are not spoiling the image quality too much. I've had webs very close to the lens, giving an extremely soft focus look, which is not good.

    So do you think it will be occupied by blue tits or great tits?

    Its a good sign that Mr GT brought along his misses. It looks like he goes in first, and checks that its safe. Then she comes in while he steps out to keep watch outside. (I'm going by the vertical black body stripes). This is where a couple of iR leds would be useful. I've noticed in the past that the males head looks very glossy under iR light, while the females head is more of a matte black.

    On the other hand, the blue tit (male?) was tapping the window quite hard as part of his risk assessment.

    My money is on the great tits.

    Either way, at least when the chicks arrive, they will be able to play on that fun slide you have provided for them!