Well looks like mine might actually be getting down to some serious building today as both male and female about (he is just looking in and observing), but material is actually staying in the box!!! Elle, wish I could move camera box but no go as hubby won’t have wires anywhere else. Could move my lucky boxer camera box position, but as made of woodcrete difficult to put a camera in. Paul has managed it in one made of a similar material (how I wish we all had a Paul to hand ),but my son reckons not enough headroom or depth in the boxes we have. As I am unable to drill anything myself I have to accept what he says. Thinking cap on as to where else I can hide wires and hide from hubby Sue
I think that is a great solution Elle . Maybe I could hypnotise him into believing trailing wires were a good decorative look Bless him, he won’t even have ‘tidy’ wires showing. They have to be ‘out of sight’. . After 50 years I still haven’t managed to train him correctly
Oh Sue - I can certainly empathise with you on that one! Some husbands' have their own rules & regulations & won't budge on them. I've tried bribery, corruption, bought the flipping T-shirt with still no success. However, we can look at the good things about them - mine has been faithful to me for 43 years unlike my ex-husband & some male blue tits on here!
Diane - Scared of flying birds, but can handle frogs if necessary!
Can report that soft bedding now being taken into box . I have a Scott feeder with soft bedding , hair, feathers etc in at the moment, and watched this morning as she pulled a huge pile and flew into box with it. Flew off almost immediately and hasn’t been back for a while so don’t know if covering something??? Or just adding to nest. Watch this space. Sue
Really good news Sue for your pair looks like you are right if you have seen them taking fluff. Never thought of using my spare Scott feeder for nesting stuff good idea. Can't be long now before you have eggs. What is the weather like where you are? Very cold here yesterday with sleety/snow but warmer today when is spring going to arrive!.
Need some help from anyone with birds laying at moment (or in past) PLEASE. This photo was taken a couple of days ago with both birds at the box. There was great excitement and it was as though she was showing him something. The female kept going in the box, the male hung on the outside of the box looking in, kept flapping wings like a female begging for food. Eventually went in box, in there for few seconds then came back out. Female came out after few moments and that is when I got this pic of them both hanging around the box. Since then I have not caught sight of the female!! The male has been to the box looking in and sitting on fence nearby calling, then flies off - assuming to look for her.. I am hoping beyond hope that she is laying and going off by day, BUT, I have this awful feeling in the bottom of my stomach that something has happened to her. Yesterday, before I had my blinds open I heard a commotion from birds nearby but saw nothing untoward when I ran out to investigate. I am now really scared something happened to her at this time. Please can any of you lucky camera box people tell me what sort of time does the female leave the box in the morning after laying? I intend to get up early tomorrow and keep watching in the hopes she is just away during the day. the male has been to the box three times this morning just looking in but no sign of her - yet! Maybe I am panicking needlessly but you all know how it is. Thanks for reading and hope if I watch early tomorrow I will have seen her Sue
Oh Sue they do get us in a spin don't they. If it's any help at all my pair quite often hang on the entrance and Boris is still having to coax May into the box or gently remind her that she is building a nest. When mine have started laying in the past the female leaves at dawn and may make a quick visit or two during the day before coming back to roost for the evening. Sounds like the fluttering is definitely a good sign that things are hotting up though I could send you my inspection camera over and you could have a peek when they are out
Dust if you must but wouldn't it be better To watch the birds ...........
Thanks Sammi and Beechnut. Will be up early tomorrow. Am getting evermore the feeling that she has gone as the above are all pictures of the male in several visits this morning. He is calling and searching and looking completely lost. Feeling really worried.
ps. Still can’t seem to work out how to post all photos together.