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20/04/2014 at 19:58

I just went to make a cup of  tea and noticed a pair of bluetits in and out of the new bird box I put up about six weeks ago, they seem to be taking food in but I havn't noticed any activity before let alone nest building. Other half rung just as I'd sat down to type, he would like updating on a weekly basis as to how my new (blue)tits are doing.......And he wonders why he gets sent away for three months at a time.

20/04/2014 at 20:23

When we first put our nestbox up the bluetits selected it, and them carried out some minor alterations, pecking away at the hole to widen it just very slightly.

Then we noticed that the nest building and egg laying etc seems to take place in the very early morning - now that our bluetits are regular users of our nestbox we notice when the male is singing from the tree above the box, and presume that Mrs B Tit is sitting on the eggs - it's not until the eggs hatch that we notice comings and goings with aphids etc - and that seems to go on from early dawn to dusk. 

20/04/2014 at 20:26

fills your heart with joy having birds nesting in the garden. It thrills me beyond measure.

20/04/2014 at 20:51

A couple of years ago I treated myself to an Aldi nest box with a camera. It brings me untold joy, excitement, some heartache but mostly a lovely feeling. Mrs Blue Tit started sitting on 11 eggs one week ago so I am expecting to be a 'mother' in a week's time! Last year a great tit used the box and successfully reared her brood with one or two fatalities - that's nature but sometimes it's hard to watch.

I would recommend to anyone especially if you are thinking of replacing a box that is used every year - a successful siting of a box means that you have a greater percentage of chance that the box will be used.

20/04/2014 at 20:56

I'm quite excited by my new family. I didn't expect anyone to use it this year, I thought they would take a while to get used to it.

21/04/2014 at 16:33

We've got Bluetits in one of our boxes. I've seen a lot of nesting materials being taken in. They've chosen a different box this year ( if its the  same pair that were here last year ).  They had 2 lots of chicks last year and I didn't find any casulaties when I cleaned out the box in the autumn.

25/04/2014 at 10:37

Hi Lisa, congratulations on having a nestbox family so soon after putting your nestbox up - your timing was good for the birds (a shame OH is missing this). I completely understand your excitement as within 2 days of our camera nestbox going up (7yrs ago) we saw our first nesting pair come house hunting 

I agree with Daintiness on the hardships in nature when using a camera nestbox and also the joy it brings too. It is absolutely fascinating to see the speed a chick can grow in a day when fed well. I have blogged on our 3 Blue tit families - two failed but back in 2010 we saw a successful brood fledge  http://blog.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk/2010/05/blue-tit-nestbox-diary-2010_26.html

There is ‘great’ excitement in our nestbox this year with our first Great tit nest build completed. I strongly suspect early this morning Mrs GT laid a 2nd egg ( I got up yesterday to watch live http://blog.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk/2014/04/i-do-believe-we-have.html ). This is just as exciting to watch as the very first nest build. Fingers crossed all goes well for our nestbox family and yours too :

27/04/2014 at 15:48

shirlsgw - how complicated is it to set it up for others to view your box? What gadgetry do you need?

My blue tits have hatched this morning - 8 so far from 11 eggs and I'd like to share with friends. Thanks.

29/04/2014 at 22:31

Hi again, Daintiness - great to hear you would like to share your camera view with your friends 

I've never set up my nest box live but I know of others who have which may help you with this (see links below). I must stress I have no experience to go on for recommendations. 

To share nestbox'hedgehog footage with my blog visitors, I upload videos to YouTube and embed them in my blog for others to see. I use a programme to edit the footage but you could Windows movie maker to do this for free (see video of doing this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrFJLeF0tA0).

By uploading to YouTube you could choose to share your videos with friends only (I'm sure there is a setting for that). You don't need to make them public. You could then send links to your friends via email/mobile.

http://www.camstreams.com/ (don't know if this is still active - its supposed to be free but don't know if it's reliable)

http://wildlifegadgetman.com/?page_id=26 (you could email Jason about him streaming a live cam for you. His site suggests he does but the link didn't work when I tried it just now - I don't know if it would cost you)

http://www.wildlifekate.co.uk/ (Kate could probably make a suggestion for you if you were to email her)

Sorry that's all I've got for you just now. If I come across any others in the next few weeks I'll come back here with a link

Best wishes for a successful brood of Blue tits - 11 chicks fledging would be a great result!

30/04/2014 at 17:48

Thanks for the info shirsgw. I'll check them out - hopefully at the weekend. All eggs seem to have hatched and chicks doing well. Definitely lost one and difficult to tell at the moment how many there are!! Mum and Dad both working hard and chicks growing.

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