Thursday, 17 April 2008

Camera Nestbox 2008

This is our second year of having a Nestbox with a camera in it. Sadly, last year our blue tit chicks died after a week - with some only surviving a couple of days. Understandably we would love to watch a successful brood grow and fledge.

The blue tit pair that has chosen this Nestbox for this year began visiting in January. The photo above shows the blue tit male (left) and female in centre. The black and white photo shows our winter rooster. Notice the different markings they have. During March it looked like we had lost this pair to another Nestbox in the garden without a camera. They eventually returned and nest building began but as the first weeks of April have been quite cold perhaps the female has had no rush to build her nest!

Below, you will see a list of direct links to the activity in and outside our Camera Nestbox. If you are reading this with a Nestbox (with or without a camera) I wish you successful broods for 2008. If you are reading this without a Nestbox I would guess you might just consider putting one up for 2009.

  • The end of this nesting story - June 11, 2008
  • The chicks open their eyes - June 8, 2008
  • Three chicks now - June 6, 2008
  • Chicks getting bigger and stronger - June 1, 2008
  • Chick losses - five or six left - May 30, 2008
  • Chicks in nest, female eating egg shell (4 videos) - May 27, 2008
  • Update, six chicks now - May 27, 2008
  • Three chicks hatch - May 26, 2008
  • Incubation well underway with eight eggs (video) - May 19, 2008
  • The first egg (video) - May 8, 2008
  • Update of nest progress (6 videos) - May 1, 2008
  • Female blue tit roosting in nestbox - April 20, 2008
  • The moss comes in and the moss goes out (video) - April 13, 2008
  • The first moss comes in - April 3, 2008
  • Who picks the Nestbox to use? (video) - April 1, 2008

  • Trouble in the nestbox? (video) - March 24, 2008
  • The rooster gets visitors (video) - March 11, 2008

  • Have last year’s pair returned? (video) - February 15, 2008

  • Blue tit pair outside nestbox (video) - January 7, 2008
  • First visit of 2008 blue tit pair in Nestbox (video) - January 6, 2008


  • The photos above were taken in my garden.

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