Just when I as good as gave up on seeing any nesting activity in either of my nestboxes with cameras inside them this year, just look what we have here tonight…
Not just a rooster can be seen napping in our new nestbox as I write this, but we have some nesting material in there too! Now there’s a surprise. I’m guessing that if this bird does intend using this nestbox she will have to work pretty quickly. Gosh, I can’t believe we may have a 2010 nestbox diary to share :-)
Roosters can get a little restless in nestboxes and can come out of their cosy ball for a moment or two. To my delight this one did revealing herself as a female Blue tit. Now, I can’t be certain that this is a female but at this stage and with nesting material in the box I’d consider the chances to be 99%.
We’ve twice been fortunate enough to see nests being built in another nestbox and what hard work the birds seem to make of it too. Although the image in this nestbox is black and white, I have a feeling we could get good clear close-up images with the added bonus of being able to see inside in lower light levels and in the dark.
Happy endings are not guaranteed when it comes to nesting birds. This is the reality of nature and we have seen this for ourselves. We have watched female blue tits as single parents fail to find enough food for their chicks and sadly they have died. It has been sad to see them all struggle.
I didn’t think I’d be posting for a few days but (after midnight yet again) I just wanted to quickly post this nestbox latest. I have another piece if brilliant news tonight too and with the coincidence of the two on the same day I’ve a feeling we (and the blue tits) might just get lucky with this nestbox this year :-)
Tonight I’d also like to blow a trumpet of bubbles for a very special achievement by the musician above, my daughter. With a toot, toot, toot too!!!
Today, after continued health issues in her repeated first year at Uni her grit, determination and a sunshine smile has taken her to the end of her coursework and exams. It has not been an easy trot for her. Second year... here she comes :-))))
Tomorrow, I will take the 2hr drive up to collect her… plus numerous boxes and bags. I can’t wait to give her a huge hug! I hope she is as proud of herself as we are of her. As a student physiotherapist, her first placement begins on Monday. We are just thrilled for her knowing how much she is looking forward to it.
Whatever you are looking forward to doing this weekend, with family, friends, in or out of the garden I do wish it is a good one for you too :-D
Update April 23rd:
While answering comments this morning, and watching inside the nestbox at the same time, more material has come in. Some nexting shuffles have been going on too. A story may just be beginning here :-D
The final image below shows how the nestbox looks is as I switch my PC off for now. I wonder how things will look by the end of the day :-D
The top nestbox photos shown above were taken in my garden on April 22nd 2010. The video and final photo was taken on April 23rd 2010