Progress in the garden is slowly gathering pace as the photos of plants in my last post show. Birds are also going around in pairs on the look out for nesting sites or in the case of Blue Tits in my garden – a Nestbox! Soon all this looking will be over and the serious business of next building will begin. So, do we still have interest in our Nestbox – oh yes!
The same roosting Blue Tit has used our Nestbox, every night, since the beginning of November last year. As you can see above it is tucked away cozy asleep as I write this. Every now and again I hear it through the speakers tapping the walls or floor with its beak as it moves around a little. It no longer has wood shavings in the box as we removed them two weekends ago at the same time we gave the inside a good sand to remove the damp marks after the roof leak we had. It was also suggested, in one of my comments, that I should remove the wood shavings now as it would help remove any parasites.
Before looking at the video compilation below from our Nestbox I should explain what you are about to see – three different blue tits and a tail of a fourth!
The tiny intro clip is our rooster chasing away an unexpected guest! The chase went around the garden and through a neighbour’s tree. The next clip shows a bit of colour in the box. The male of our day time visiting pair is next seen pecking at the entrance hole and the wet wood shavings. You can see why we cleaned out the box – yes parasites could live there.
The cleaned Nestbox is next seen with the rooster realising something had changed before finally settling into the usual corner for the night. Then back to colour, on a brighter morning, you can see the male of the daytime pair back also looking a bit confused. He then went back to pecking at the entrance hole once again. I wonder where the female is or if it was her that was chased off by the rooster.
Okay, next enter the latest blue tit that I have seen in our Nestbox. Now why do I think this was new visitor? Well, I am now able to spot a new bird species in my garden usually by the apprehensive way they sit a while and observe the feeders and activity in my garden before going anywhere near the food. Well this was what I thought of the bird in the last two clips of my compilation. It behaved quite differently.
Usually the birds walk around the whole box stretching their heads up and looking at the entrance hole. They will also go up and down to the entrance hole too. This bird came in and went straight to the wall under the entrance hole. It sat and it sat. It moved its head a little. I turned up the volume to hear if it called to another bird or it was being called to. No noise came from the speakers. No tapping on the wood. No jumping up and down from the entrance. It did eventually move from this wall but it didn’t explore the box as other birds do. Therefore, I am pretty certain that this is another bird – silently interested perhaps? Mm… hard to tell, see what you think.
Oh... one final thing before you hit the play button. There was no sound at all in the backgound with these clips so I have added some background music. Now, I know this may not be to everyone's taste so you may want to turn down the volume on your speakers. I enjoy adding music and I do it to make the clips more entertaining to watch.
This will be my second year with a camera in a Nestbox so I have an idea of what is to come – should we get a nest being built. However, I will try not to tell what will happen next so if this is the first time you have seen nesting ‘up close’ it won’t spoil the experience for you. Perhaps different pairs will behave differently too - I am new to this so we will have to wait and see. However, I will respond to comments on posts.
Finally, this post is in response to a comment from Jane, who is in the South of England, asking if the birds in my garden were nesting yet. Last year I noticed that our Nestbox birds were two weeks behind those in England, Jane. I will keep and eye out for the blackbirds collecting nesting material too – but I think it is a bit early yet here in Scotland.
The photo above was taken on March 11th 2008. The video above was taken in our Camera Nestbox during March 2008.