Snagging is a term used, in the building trade, in connection with the inspection that takes place by the new home buyer with the builder. It is a time to check the property for faults etc prior to occupancy. Gosh is this Blue Tit good!
Turn up the volume, on your speakers, and you will be able to hear the very definite pecking this Blue Tit is doing on the walls and floor of our new Camera Nestbox. My theory is that it is checking them out thoroughly - to see if they are of the quality that a Blue Tit expects of a garden Nestbox! I am hoping our box will pass the inspection for it and its partner. They visited together again today - just before the inspection above took place.
Making an entrance to its liking is also what the Blue Tit was doing towards the end of the video, shown above, by pecking at it too. There is definitely much more to the preparations for nest building than I expected. I wonder if this pair is checking out other Nestboxes at the same time as ours. Our first sighting of this pair was on the 3rd of March. I wonder how long it takes from the initial inspection until the first piece of nesting material is brought in. We will find out soon enough – perhaps changes in temperatures guide the birds and I suspect we are yet to feel winter’s bite.
The video, shown above, was taken in my garden on March 11th 2007.