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2017 Season

 
1 June
Empty box, the two surviving chicks fledged early this morning.

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31 May
These two remaining chick look strong and ready to fledge.

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28 May
One of the chicks has started to dominate and now we're down to just two surviving chicks.

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24 May
Thre hungry mouths.

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23 May
The wet weather has resulted in only 3 chick left.

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15 May
Five of the six eggs have hatched.

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12 May
The eggs have started to hatch.

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9 May
The female has been incubating her 6 eggs for a week now. The eggs should hatch sometime this week. Keep tuned.

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4 May
We have six eggs now and the female has started to incubate them staying in the bird box for long periods of the day.

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24 April
We have our first eggs.

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14 April
Female is sleeping overnight in the bird box, first eggs will be any day now.

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31 March
Bit by bit the nest is growing bigger.

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28 March
Nest building has begun. But there will still be some 3-4 weeks before any eggs are laid. Leaves on the trees usually triggers egg laying. Leaves mean insects, insects means food for the chicks.

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2016 Season

 
9 June
The final three chicks fledged today. Another brood sucessfully sent on their way.

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8 June
Four of the chicks have fledged today, three left but they look like they are in no hurry to leave.

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4 June
It's getting very crowded in the nest box now I'd not be surprised if the larger ones don't fledge very soon.

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1 June
Seven healthy chick seen today so unfortunately we have lost one.

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28 May
It looks like there are only three or four chicks because the others have all slipped down under the nesting material.

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27 May
It's hard to see if we still have all eight chicks. Some of the weaker ones slip to the bottom and find it hard to feed.

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24 May
The chicks have grown alot in 8 days and have their eyes open.

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20 May
The chicks are becoming quite demanding now, abd their down is staring to grow.

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17 May
Eight hungry mouths, all the eggs have hatched.

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16 May
The eggs have hatched! It will now be a frantic 3 weeks of feeding and growing until they fledge.

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4 May
We now have 8 eggs and the female looks to have started to incubate them. They usually take 2 weeks to hatch.

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26 April
A clear sight of 3 eggs this morning.

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22 April
It looks like we might have our first egg of the season! Female has been sleeping in the box overnight for the last 3 evenings.

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11 April
Nest building continues. Egg laying usually commences when the trees start to grow their first leaves of the year, in about 2 or 3 weeks’ time. The female will lay between 6-14 eggs, one egg a day. You can watch all the activity on our webcam.

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7 April
Nest building has started!

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17 February
It's time to get you bird box ready for the new nesting season, Valentine’s Day is always a good reminder! The birds will start investigating nesting sites through February and March for the coming nesting season. Check to see if you have any birds roosting overnight, if you do leave the bird box well alone, the birds don't like sudden change and they’ll sort the bird box out themselves. In winter they return to bird box each evening when it's dark and if they find something they weren't expecting it can frighten them off. If nothing is roosting in the box clear out all the old nesting material ahead of the new nesting season. Ideally you should clean out the nest box in late September. Wear some gloves and remove all the old nesting material.

February is also the time to make sure your bird box camera is in working order. Cables can get damaged over winter, especially with all the wind and rain we had recently and you don’t want to wait until nesting is well under way to find out you have a problem.

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2015 Season

 
16 October
It's mid October and time to clear out the old nesting materials from your nest box for the winter ahead. As winter approaches and the evenings draw in you may find a bird or even a pair of birds roosting in the box overnight. They'll come in at dusk and leave at dawn, the nest boxes offer an invaluable overnight shelter in winter. Take out all the old nesting material emptying the box as much as possible - make sure you wear some gloves. If you have any dry moss you can put a small amount in the bottom of the bird box else just leave it empty.

5 June
The final chick fledged today. Three weeks later than last year, the cool start to year has put the nesting cycle back almost a month.

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4 June
The final chicks seem reluctant to leave the nest, once one goes the rest will follow quickly.

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3 June
Fledging under way. The adults have been trying to entice the last three chicks out of the bird box today by bringing in food and before the chicks can grab it, jumping out of the box again. But the last three are happy where they are, for now.

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2 June
First of the chicks has fledged, the rest will follow in the next few days.

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1 June
All four chicks are looking large now, female stayed in the box most of the day as it has rained most of the day - 1st of June!

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31 May
Feeding is constant now, the adults will be looking forward to them fledging so they can have a rest.

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29 May
The chicks are becoming quite demanding now, jumping for food as soon as one of the adults enters the nest.

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27 May
The chicks now have their eyes open and are growing fast.

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26 May
The four chicks have grown alot in a week and now covered in dark brown down.

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22 May
Down to four chicks now but they all look strong and healthy and as there are only four they stand a very good chance of fledging.

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20 May
Five of the eggs have now hatched, it is hard to see if the sixth egg has hatched but there are clearly at least five hungry beaks.

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18 May
Four of the six eggs have now hatched, two still unhatched.

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15 May
First egg hatched today at 5:54pm!

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7 May
The egg count has reached 6 now and the female is spending much more time in the bird box.

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5 May
5 eggs now, male is bring in food for the female.

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3 May
4 eggs today.

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29 April
Second egg laid today. The female will lay an egg a day now and she will normally lay between 8-14 eggs in total before she starts to incubate them.

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28 April
First egg laid today.

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24 April
The nest is looking nice and full now, hopefully egg laying will start next week.

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23 April
Nest building is coming along nicely.

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16 April
Nest building is finally under way, about 3 weeks later than last year due to the cold weather. The male brings material in and the female takes it out again. The female is still roosting overnight.

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29 March
Regular visits throughout the day but no nest building yet. The nesting season usually gets under way once the trees start to leaf. Still plenty of time to get your bird box ready for the 2015 season.

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19 March
The birds are showing increased interest in the bird box visiting regularly during the mornings.

14 February
February is the month to sort out your bird box for the coming season and Valentine’s Day is always a good reminder! The birds will start investigating nesting sites through February and March for the coming nesting season. Check to see if you have any birds roosting overnight, if you do leave the bird box well alone, the birds don't like sudden change and they’ll sort the bird box out themselves. In winter they return to bird box each evening when it's dark and if they find something they weren't expecting it can frighten them off. However, if the bird box isn’t being used overnight then it's time to clear out all the old nesting material ahead of the new nesting season. Ideally you should clean out the nest box in late September, this will increase your chances of getting a bird or a pair of birds roost overnight through winter. Wear some gloves and remove all the old nesting material.

February is also the time to make sure your bird box camera is in working order. Carefully clear any cobwebs off the camera, the infrared light attracts the spiders when there are no birds in the box, and it’s best to test the camera in case you need to carry out adjustments or repairs before the birds start building a nest!

January
We have a bluetit roosting overnight, she comes in at dusk and goes out again a dawn. Pictures are in black and white because during the night it is totally dark inside the box and the images are created using invisible infrared light and the camera converts them to visible monochrome.

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2013

 
28 May
The last of the chicks fledged today at 6:30am. Out of the six eggs laid only two survived to leave the nest. The late start to the season and the cold weather undoubtly a factor.

27 May
Down to two chicks now. They look ready to leave and have been investigating the enterance hole.

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26 May
One of the chicks is now starting to dominate the others and getting the majority of the food.

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25 May
The remaing three chicks look fine and about the same size. The next couple of days will be crutial in terms of building up strenght for when they leave the nest.

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24 May
The chicks have been testing their wings. Down to three chicks now with the weakest one not making it through the cold night.

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23 May
Chicks have been exploring the nest. One of the chicks doesn't seem to be feeding as much as the others and the less it feeds the weaker it gets.

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22 May
There are only 4 chick left now, if any die the adults remove them from the nest quickly. They were 6 on the 20 May and 4 the day after, they must have died overnight. The remain 4 look strong and are exploring the nest.

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20 May
Adults are feeding the young constantly now, expect them to fledge at the end of the week.

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17 May
Eyes are now open and it's starting to get crowded in there.

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16 May
All 6 chicks look about the same size which is good, non are lagging behind in growth

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15 May
Feeding is becoming more frantic now all 6 chicks still are doing well Next stage will be the eyes opening. Still expected to fledge around 25 May.

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14 May
All 6 chicks are doing well, the brown down is now becoming visible.

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13 May
All 6 chicks are doing well, the brown down is now becoming visible.

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12 May
All 6 chicks are doing well.

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10 May
All 6 eggs have now hatched. It's now frantic feeding until they fledge around 25 May.

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9 May
5 of the 6 eggs have hatched.

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8 May
3 of the 6 eggs have hatched, the others should hatch with in the next 24 hours.

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7 May
First egg hatched this afternoon, the others should hatch with in the next 48 hours.

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29 April
Female has started to incubate her clutch of 6 eggs. Usually around 2 weeks until they start to hatch, around 11th May.

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25 April
5 eggs visible early this morning. Female is staying in the nest for longer periods now.

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24 April
4 eggs visible early this morning.

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22 April
2 eggs visible early this morning. Can expect an egg a day now and she will normally lay between 8-14 eggs before she start to incubate them. Nest building in our second box is still underway.

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19 April
Nest buliding is virtually complete and egg laying should start anytime now. It is hard to see the eggs as the female will cover them when she leaves the nest. Nest building has just started in a second box, it's a late start to the season, so there is still plenty of time to setup your own nest box for the coming season.

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8 April
Nest buliding is well underway now. Still plenty of time to setup your own nest box for the coming season.

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4 April
Nest buliding is finally underway. A late start this year due to the cold March.

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March
A bluetit is roosting in the box overnight, usually coming in at dusk and a pair are visiting the box on bright days. Last years nesting material has been cleared out ready for the new season. Please note the pictures of the bluetit roosting will be in black and white as the infrared is running due to it being dark outside.

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2012

 
27 May
The remaing 5 chicks all look very strong and nearly as big as the mother. They've been testing their wings and will fledge any day now.

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24 May
The remaing 5 chicks continue to grow and all look very healthy.

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23 May
Down to 5 chicks now with the two smallest chicks unable to compete for food. The remaing 5 chicks all look very strong and are growing fast.

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20 May
The chicks now have their eyes open and are growing fast. We seem to have lost a couple as the most seen at any one time is now 7. The adult birds will remove from the bird box any chicks that don't survive.

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14 May
9 of the 11 eggs have hatched and with 2 days between the first and last eggs to hatch the smaller ones have got some catching up to do. The pictures are showing good colour on bright days with black and white from the infrared in the evenings.

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9 May
First eggs hatched today

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5 May
Female has been incubating her eggs for about a week now - 11 eggs in all. She only leaves the nest for short breaks and the male has also started to bring her food. The eggs should hatch around 10 May.

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25 April
Female has started to incubate the eggs today - There are 10 eggs now. The first eggs should hatch in around 10th May.

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22 April
First good look at the eggs today, can clearly see seven eggs. She will continue to lay an egg a day and staying in the nest overnight. When she has laid all her eggs she will stay in the nest throughout the day incubating them until they hatch.

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19 April
Female has started to lay eggs but it's very difficult to see them as she covers them with feathers early in the morning before leaving the nest. On the 17 April pictures you can see three eggs possibly four. She will lay an egg a day an only start to incubate them when she has finished laying.

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16 April
Female is sleeping in the box overnight now, laying or getting ready to lay eggs. It's been very hard to see if any eggs have been laid due to the quantity of nesting material that's been brought into the nest and the female covers the eggs when not in the nest. Have a look at these three pictures to compare the box empty, half full (the amount we normally get) and what the nest looks like today!

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8 April
Nest building at a frantic pace. I've never seen so much nesting material in a bird box before.

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14 March
Visits are becoming more fequent on warmer sunny days.

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12 March
Spreading out the nesting material.

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11 March
The bird box has been getting regular daily visits for about a week now.

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2011

 
27 May 2011
Bird Box 2: The remaining four chicks in bird box 2 fledged early this morning.

23 May 2011
Bird Box 1: All 9 Chicks fledged over the weekend.
Bird Box 2: Webcam now showing box 2. It looks like one of the chicks died overnight so we are now down to just 4 in bird box 2. They all look healthy and should fledge around 30 May.

16 May 2011
Bird Box 1: Chicks are fully active now. Looks like 9 of the 12 that hatched have survived and all look heathly. Expect them to fledge around 22 May.
Bird Box 2: These chicks are about a week behind box 1, quite a difference in size.

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9 May 2011
Bird Box 1: Chicks have grown a lot in a week, some now have their eyes open.
Bird Box 2: All nine eggs hatched on 7 May.

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6 May 2011
Bird Box 1: Three pictures of the chicks today, feeding is now constant.
Bird Box 2: No signs of hatching yet.

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5 May 2011
Bird Box 1: Two pictures of the chicks at 3 days old.


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3 May 2011
Bird Box 1: Ten of the eggs hatched yesterday and the last two hatched today.
Bird Box 2: Female still incubating her nine eggs. Expected hatching date is 7 May.

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26 April
Bird Box 1: Twelve eggs seems the final count and the female is incubating the eggs and can be seen in the box most of the day. Expected hatching date is 4 May.
Bird Box 2: Nine eggs and the female has also started to incubate the eggs. Expected hatching date is 10 May.

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20 April
Bird Box 1: Eleven eggs today and the female has started to incubate the eggs. This is usually a two week process so the expected hatching date is 4 May.
Bird Box 2: Four eggs seen this morning.

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18 April
Bird Box 1: Nine eggs seen at 5:50am today.
Bird Box 2: Two eggs seen this morning.

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16 April
Bird Box 1: Seven eggs seen at 6am today.
Bird Box 2: First egg seen this morning.

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13 April
Bird Box 1: Four eggs seen for the first time at 6am today. The female is now into the egg laying phase and will usually lay an egg a day. During the day she covers the eggs with feathers.

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6 April
Nest building in box 2. These birds seems to prefer to use moss.

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4 April
We have installed a second box and now have females roosting over night in both boxes.

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3 April
Nest is nearly complete.

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27 March
Regular visits with both birds bringing in fresh nesting material.

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26 March


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25 March


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20 March
Nest buliding for the new season is well under way.

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