None here yet Elle. Box doors open and ready. I am just waiting to read that Swifts have arrived on the Bury & Bolton Swift Facebook page before I start my recorded Swift calls through the outside speakers. I tried them out for a couple of days last week to see if I got any complaints from neighbours but I think modern day double glazing takes care of that.
Meanwhile Mrs Blue tit is up to 5 eggs and everything seems fine:
That's good news Benn love to have a Swift or House Martin nest on here if you can get one! 6 eggs average clutch my sister's 10 mins walk from me has 6/7 most years, this time 7 at last count. What annoys me is that she won't buy mealies simply because one year the bird wouldn't take them -uhhhhh then she wonders why some don't make it!
Thanks for your comment on my thread I'm pleased to say that Andi is still alive and kicking so think it was just protection of the eggs. nice though.
Sadly Mrs Blue tit has disappeared. I was sat in the garden after mowing the lawn yesterday and this morning I thought to myself I did not see or hear either of the Blue tits. I checked the live feed on my iphone and grew worried after 10 mins when all I could see is the eggs.
I checked the recordings on the DVR and yesterday at 7:17 she was happily sitting and arranging the nest around her then she exited and has not been back since. Here is the clip of that moment:
Benn That is really sad, I am sorry Do you think she was killed yesterday morning? 2019 as been an awful year, I really have never had such a drama packed season in my life. I think many of us will be glad to put this one behind us
Not to worry Paul/Beechnut, there will be other years. I tend not to get attached to the nesting birds as much as others. I take the view of Chris Packham. I am positive she was predated by the Sparrowhawk. We have seen evidence of stripped birds around our front of late,
I have been playing the calls for two weeks now Paul but have not seen a single bird. I thought I saw a few in the distance yesterday but they were so far away so could have been House Martins. I have been talking to a guy who runs Bolton and Bury Swift facebook group and he reckons the second wave of arrivals is due end of May/early June and it is these Juveniles looking for future nest sites that usually take up new boxes as mature birds are very loyal to their existing sites. I was hoping to get the birds that nested in the nearby factory that was demolished, but sadly they do not seem to have reappeared yet. There are quite a few Swifts 3 and 5 mile away but none near me!!
Sorry to hear your news Benn, it looked like she’d been really startled by something, as Sue said, I wish I could have your attitude, but unfortunately I haven’t,!! I shall have to try harder next year (to not get attached!)
Well Benn, I almost wish I hadn't checked back in again after seeing your lovely video, then reading about Mrs. Blue Tit not coming back. I'm like a few others on here & although I have no live cameras. I still get attached to my little birds too & I was hoping that my Mr. GT Merlin had managed to raise his chicks OK & all fledge - found out different 30 minutes ago.
Anyway, here's hoping that you have success with your swift boxes - maybe the factory ones are just a little late coming this year!
Diane - Scared of flying birds, but can handle frogs if necessary!
Some better news. In March we added five more nest boxes to the three we erected 2 years ago in a young Moorland wood planted in 2000. This is 1.5 miles up the road from where we live. We went on a walk in this afternoon's bright sunshine and thought we would try to ascertain if any were being used. We took a picture first by sticking the corner of an iphone into the entrance hole and checking this for any sign of birds inside so as not to disturb them by lifting the lid.
The first had a nest and one egg. Not sure if this has been abandoned or if its the first egg laid. (see photo 1.) The second had a number of mature Great Tit chicks. (photo 2) The third was occupied by a pair of Blue tits who were not happy to see us. So we left it. The fourth had a partially built nest. We heard some Coal tits nearby so fingers crossed (photo 3) The fifth was unoccupied. The sixth had a sitting Great Tit (photo 4 quite a dark picture but you can just make the sitting female out.) Number 7 was unoccupied but had signs of a rooster. Number 8 had a sitting great tit who we saw on the camera and who hissed at the disturbance so we backed away without a photo.
So 6 out of 8 ain't bad with signs of use in one and one uninhabited box. We are going to mount another 4 boxes in the Autumn as they are only about £5 each with the 28mm plates.