Today has been a very pleasant warm and sunny day. Mm… perhaps I should have taken my Bloom Day photos - tomorrow is to be rainy once again! Like many parts of the UK this summer has been a bit of a wash out with the hot summer days seeming a distant memory at the moment. I expect many garden projects have been delayed – even the smallest of ones.
The garden project I mentioned in my last post was a small one but has been a very big part of my garden and this garden blog. We had some very heavy rain last week and into the weekend. So the box that was delivered earlier on in the week had to wait… and wait! This was a very special box and I am hoping that it will be third time lucky and not just for us!
So why have I taken so long to post on this? Well, I am a sentimental soul and with this new box we are moving on. Our new box isn’t just any old box. It is a replacement Nestbox with a camera. Lionel and Peggy at Camnest have very generously sent us a one of their new designs. We had issues with our roof leaking last year and this new design has a different roof. It looks like this roof might let in more natural daylight too and I can’t wait to see our first visitors.
A winter rooster around the end of October is the most likely first visitor we will get. Oh… but the lovely clean floor - I know it won’t be quite so clean after! Mm… but I do remember last year feeling so pleased to hear the tapping of a bird as it moved around our Nestbox on a cold and dark night. I knew that the winter rooster (a blue tit) would be warmer there that in trees and hedges. I knew that we were helping it survive the harshness of winter. I put some wood shavings on the floor last year and I will likely do the same again this year – although just one handful this time!
The last photos taken from our original Camera Nestbox have shown that there are two chicks still left in it. I had no wish to share these images. I don’t relish opening this Nestbox to remove the nest either but I can’t leave it there. I am returning my original camera Nestbox to Lionel and Peggy so they can see first hand how it survived the most extreme weather of all their customers so far. I do feel quite sentimental over this and can still remember the thrill of seeing the first visitors (a blue tit pair) just two days after putting it up!
The first photo from our new Camera Nestbox is shown below. As with our first Nestbox – we did the finger test as we put it up! So once again we are now in the wonderful position of having a clean new Nestbox with a camera sitting in wait to provide a dry winter home and nesting place for a pair visiting our garden. Thank-you Lionel and Peggy - I am sure the birds will appreciate the upgrade too!
I have absolutely no doubt that the first tapping sounds we will hear through the computer speakers, hailing the arrival of a bird inside, will be just as special as before. Although we have yet to see a successful brood survive to fledge the whole experience of seeing the tremendous hard work that goes into nest building and feeding chicks has been fascinating. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing this too.
Fingers will be crossed next spring that our Nestbox location will be successful for a third year. Fingers and toes will be crossed that we can share a Nestbox story once again but this time all the way to fledging chicks!
The photo above was taken on August 10th 2008. If you are interested in reading my nesting diary from the last two years see 2007 and 2008.