To be honest Matt, If it was any other year I think you probably would of had nest building first being down south. However last year was just a strange year, All of the UK was gripped by the same cold snap I remember in March it being -5 as a daytime temp it was ridiculous! Hopefully this year march is cold snap / snow free
What wonderful clear pictures Matt, like Sue said, I too am jealous of you clever people on here with your techy knowledge Like extra lighting, live streaming, etc., but like Sue, I’ll settle for a nest
Elle xx p.s last year nest building began on 8th April then female swapped boxes 3 days later, full nest about 27th. So pretty late!
Not too much to report down in West Sussex. We had literally no visits at all for about a week due to the weather. I don't know if our birds are unusually sensitive to weather, but if its raining or windy then we never get birds on the feeder or visits to the boxes. Anyway, with the good weather back yesterday (and set to continue, I hope!), we have had visits to all three boxes again. No pairs together yet - hopefully soon!
A "full set" of visits this morning, which I think is the first in a while - each of the 3 boxes had a bird completely inside at some point. I'm still not sure whether we are talking about the same bird in all three, but positive nonetheless. I just hope this weather lasts and doesn't revert to winter again or there might be a lot of confused animals around! Nothing more "nesty" yet in terms of vists behaviour, just entrance pecking and general inspections and no more double-bird visits either.
Just a visit to one box today, but I *think* that Mr may have got the Mrs inside. Not 100% sure - take a look at the vid and see what you think. This is a different box to the other one that had a pair visit, and you can't see the entrance hole in the camera shot. You can see another bird pop her head in after the male calls (wish I had sound - hopefully coming soon!), and then the male leaves and another bird pops in a few seconds later. I think this is the female.
Great video Matt, it is definitely a different bird to the first one, and also the second behaves like it knows what it is doing unlike the male that just hangs around waiting for the female to come in, so I would say that is a pair of BTs
I think so too Karen - been looking at some stills and the second once is definitely a different bird, and I assume the one the male was calling in. Things are looking OK I reckon, though no "wriggles" yet. I have to remind myself that last year (our first) we didn't get a single visit of any sort until 27th Feb!! And in fact we didn't get a wriggle until 8th April, about an hour before nest building began..