Thursday, 25 April 2013

Nest Box Cam Update

I've been keeping an eye on the progress of the Blue Tit nest over the last few days.  I just switch the camera on briefly, in the evening at this stage to make sure we don't scare them off.

This is the nest looking almost finished.   

Blue Tit Nest 25-4-13
I found out a fascinating fact the other day (well I thought it was anyway!)

Only the female Blue Tit builds the nest.

Begs the question, what on earth is the male doing all this time?  I see both of them around the garden and in the Mahonia tree outside the shed on which the nest box is located and both of them go in and out, but apparently only the female is bringing nesting material and building, so I guess the male must be offering encouragement and inspecting her work!

Eggs generally won't be laid until the start of May.  Will be interesting to see if this still holds true after our late Spring because Blue Tits need caterpillars to feed their young and time the hatching to correspond with the hatching of the caterpillars.  I've not seen many butterflies or moths about yet.

Looking forward to seeing the nest completed and the first egg laid.  She won't brood the clutch until the penultimate egg is laid, laying one per day.

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