Blue Tit Nest Box Camera now live for 2014
6th March: Camera feed now fixed, although nothing happening yet.
Below is a live feed from our blue tit nest box camera. The box has been designed to attract blue tits but could attract great tits or coal tits. The feed will be live as often as possible with regular updates on progress posted under ‘Nest Box Update‘ in the main site blog, which you can access from the link at the top of this page.
Stream will be on whenever possible during daylight hours (UK time – GMT+1)
As nesting has not started yet in 2014, below is a summary of updates for 2013. For full details & photos see the ‘Nest Box Updates’ category of the blog.
Be aware that last year’s winter was pretty harsh and nesting started quite late. This year so far has been relatively mild so expect nesting early April at the latest.
Breeding Starts: Mid April
Number of clutches: 1-2 (2 is rare)
Number of eggs: 5-16
Incubation: 12-16 days
Fledge: 15-23 days
UPDATE 10th May 2013:Nest building must have started earlier this week. We had pretty much given up as this is over a month later than last year but then quite a few plants and animals are running behind due to the extended cold weather. I just hope they’ve timed it right for the food for the chicks. We shall see.
UPDATE 13th May 2013:1st egg sighted this morning. The female should lay 1 egg per day now but will probably keep them covered up and only start incubating hwen all are laid.
UPDATE 19th May 2013:Definitely 7 eggs seen today, so 1 per day since 13th May. Female has been coming back to the box occasionally during the day for some housekeeping but always returns for the night well before dark.
UPDATE 22nd May 2013:9 eggs spotted yesterday and the female spending time on the nest during the day. No egg today, so looks like 9 is it and the female definitely incubating. Chicks expected in about 14 days, so around 4th June.
UPDATE 2nd June: Chicks have started to hatch, very tiny so hard to see but already reaching for food when the parents return. You will see both parents bringing food. The male, who has quite a tatty looking hair do, quite often brings food and gives it to the female.
UPDATE 6th June: It’s not easy to see how many chicks there are. It looked like there was at least one egg unhatched a couple of days after the others and up to 7 beaks have been seen so far. Looking quite healthy and growing quickly.
You can leave comments or questions on any of the posts under ‘Nest Box Update‘ in the blog.
Also under the Build a Nest Box blog category you can find details about the construction of the bird box as well as camera and equipment used.
The box had been up for 3 years with no luck and unfortunately during that time the night vision infra red has packed up. However nothing happens at night and there should be enough daylight to see the mother settling down for the night. Also, I blanked off some of the light holes in case the birds were being put off by the light. This means that on dull days the camera reverts to B&W, as it does as the light fades in the evening.
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