I never thought of that Paul!! I automatically thought of preening, I switch kitchen tv on all day on a weekend so I can watch/hear as soon as anything lands on the box, but could well have occurred while I’m at work.
come to think, had a couple of quick visits today but only one bird, I thought it was male cos it went outside of box and was calling quite loudly but nothing else came, so am wondering now
still have a gut feeling that nothing’s going to happen for me this year, although I have had a couple of visits and the odd wiggle it’s few and far between, I do believe in the theory that they might build a back up nest because I’ve had half built nests in one box then full successful nests in another, so whether it’s decoy or backup?!
I have had nesting stuff brought into what I’m going to call my “decoy box” the other day, but then she took the full lot out again and haven’t seen her since, so really confused. I decided to put my 2nd LED light in this box just in case!! Camara on this box is a bit fuzzy but managed to get a picture before she emptied it.
Probably need new new camera next year because this looks b\w
Very good that you've had material brought in though Elle, Please bare in mind I got my first material off Tatty then very limited visits for 8 days before she got stuck in with building. Getting material brought in can only be a good sign.
There is still an awful lot we don’t understand about them. I can understand them building a second nest - just in case, but emptying the nest is a new one on me. Really don’t understand why they would use up the energy unnecessarily - strange. Having said that mine does more emptying than filling . Maybe if I could see in the nest I might have a fairly empty shock. Just trying to stay positive and hope the nest is successful. Really really do hope it happens for you. Sue
Sue forgive me for laughing but you must undoubtedly be the most patient person I’ve ever come across, not being able to see anything in my boxes would do my nut in but every year your positivity & patience never ceases to amaze me
Paul .. I just wish they would leave the bl..dy stuff in
Not really patient Elle, just get resigned . Each year I start off eager and positive and I end up . Then I just accept it just isn’t in the stars for me to have a box to watch . I could , and I often and definitely end up Or , but then I remind myself i’m lucky to have a nest at all. My camera box is obviously not to my birds standards , they obviously like a more secluded home. . One day I will And I will , one day.......................
Taking material back out has been a very common experience over the years in my boxes. I cannot remember where I heard this but it is thought to be a behaviour that occurs when nests are started early and the weather changes. It is a way the birds maintain their nesting instinct rather than doing nothing.
Mine are taking stuff in and out Sue...that is interesting what Benn says though. Sounds like the nesting hormones have kicked in but the laying hormones haven't. Conditions have to be just right don't they.
Dust if you must but wouldn't it be better To watch the birds ...........
Well out of nowhere, got up this morning to material in my side view box, when I switched tv on she was already in, & for the next hour she brought little bits in, I didn’t see her anymore and nothing more added up to the end of the day. Looking forward to tomorrow I only hope it’s not a decoy nest
Looks like building is on its way, however I still try to not get too excited at this stage as we all know to well, they can move on, she’s been building, steadily all morning and still doing so as I write. must say Paul, up to now it’s looking neater than last years nest