STARRING: 2 attentive Blue tit parents and 6 Blue tit chicks. DURATION OF MOVIE: 4 minutes. RATING: VCI – very cute indeed. STORY OUTLINE: Successful Blue tit family prior to fledging from garden nest box. Previously unseen nestbox footage :-)
Are you hearing tapping from inside your nestbox just now? It may be possible parents viewing your box and tapping their beaks on the inside wall and floor. Having seen them do this in ours my guess is that they are checking how solid the nestbox is and with different types of wood the sound will vary. It’s a good sound to be hearing showing the birds are considering your box. However, they will consider a few boxes (even building in more than one) before deciding.
For anyone with a nestbox/considering putting up a nestbox just now the video below shows a short spell of what goes on inside a nestbox on the day before fledging. It’s not too late to put up a nestbox for this year and I would absolutely encourage every garden to have a nestbox in it.
Regular blog visitors will remember my 2010 Nestbox Diary posts with photos and video from nest building through egg laying and hatching. If you are new to nestboxes you might find this interesting to see.
For those interested in surveys and supporting nesting birds, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are trying to encourage people to take part in their Nest Box Challenge to help them learn more about UK nesting birds.
Okay… that’s the adverts over… it’s time for the film… and yes there are 6 chicks although you might need to look closely for the 6th…
You can hear the chicks chirping (probably calling to parents).
Chicks are heard knocking the walls and wind noise is heard at entrance.
You can also select higher quality with the option on the RHS.
This day was a very special one for us as we watched (practically the whole day, fortunately a weekend) in anticipation of eight chicks leaving our Nestcam box and going out into the big wide world outside. Being truthful, we were a tad nervous for them! The next morning we found our nestbox empty.
After the sadness of viewing two failed nestbox families over the previous two years this was a wonderful (privileged) moment that I am thrilled to be able to share. It’s a great record for us too and I’ve more to come… next time we’ll have the exercise video :-)
Have you seen any signs of nesting/nestbox activity in your garden? In my garden, a female blackbird was spotted collecting nesting material a few days ago and a male Blackbird seen chasing her away. Guessing the fight for territories is on.
This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in March 2012. The video footage shown above was taken from my nestbox on June 12th 2010 (day 20 from the first chick hatching).