Earliest for me personally was 10th March, I have seen over years (elizabeth and malcolms updates) the bird bringing some material in February but not getting really started until March. Last year my side box female brought moss in November just one piece roosted all winter but didn't start building till April. I think if your going get really early nest signs it be abit of material next month then serious building during March (if no bad cold snaps like last year)
I know Karen, I had 2 blue tits nest building by 20th March in 2017 nest nearly complete. However last year due to the cold snap most of march had daytime temps of minus or around freezing. Wasn't until end of March weather started to improve a little so it delayed everyone on here. I am just hoping March this year isn't cold or snowy or nothing it can do all that February if it wishes just not March
Hi all. Its been a glorious day today although chilly, therefore the BTs were back in action after Sundays gail force winds! It is such a treat each morning from around 8.30 to midday the trees and garden are full of activity from the BTs, flitting here and there, chasing each other, flying displays and feather fluttering , such a joy to watch, there can be up to 4, but most often 2 or 3 each day,which I presume are the same ones each time, all the boxes are getting visits, but the firm favourite so far is the tree box which did get a nest wriggle a few days ago dance . I can only assume the ones visiting the boxes are the same pair still deciding there future home. Who knows what they will do, but for now each day is a pleasure to wake up to
Hello every one. Its been a busy day in the garden, we have an inch of snow on the ground and the birds have been taking advantage of the suet pellets and peanuts and seed, also plenty of fresh water to go round too . The BTs have been up to their usual antics, another nest wriggle in the tree box, I can only presume its the same female each time, although we have around 4 BTs visiting to feed. Hopefully this cold snap will go soon. Also had a lovely Green finch hanging around today eating the berries in the Rowan tree.
Things are really taking off for you Karen, so that's great news that so many birds are flocking to your garden. As for the great tit not managing to squeeze into your box, it must have been a male who ought to go on a diet!
Diane - Scared of flying birds, but can handle frogs if necessary!
Post by blueeyedchick on Feb 10, 2019 19:01:15 GMT
Hi Karen My earliest was the 16th March and latest April 27th. However, this is the earliest (Jan) I have seen a BT want the box so much. As Paul says depends much on the weather and what is happening in their environment. My female has been bashing hell out of the box with her beak also on the nest hole which is a first for me I think? Nest wriggles and straw has been coming in but going out again as expected!!!
All the best to you wonder if Chico will turn up again with a new fella; would you recognise her if she did?
You really never had a female pecking at the hole and stuff Kathy? That is all my females ever do haha woodpeckers on the hole and inside the box. I can normally tell my male visits as they look "lost" and look like they are awaiting someone else to join them. I can't believe you've never had a female do this though, Isn't it weird how these birds all act different.
Some good news though was watching weather before and big high pressure system is over UK all week going to be pretty much 11c all week in Liverpool. Feeling like spring apparently, Maybe get things stepping up abit for everyone milder weather coming into the middle February. I am hoping its a march start for us all this year, So hopefully we don't get another beast from the east during March
Thanks blueeyedchick, I have been looking out for Chico, so far haven't seen one with the same marking unless she has fresh plumage now. If she does come she better have a new fella as Boulder was as much use as a chocolate fire guard Best wishes to you and your boxes too.
Morning all. Spring is definitely in the air today such a lovely sunny morning and calm. Lots of birds in the garden, sat and watched a pair of Dunnocks courting, first time I have seen this, but the resident Robin soon moved them on, in fact there has been a lot of territorial happenings lately, particularly with the Robins and BTs. The tree box is still getting daily visits, sometimes its just a quick peek through the hole and not entering to a full on building survey with nest wriggles and plenty of pecking, so I have my fingers crossed we will have new tenants in Spring icon_biggrin
Post by blueeyedchick on Feb 11, 2019 13:18:47 GMT
Hi Karen I echo what you are saying. Lots here too some squabbling over the bird food. I spotted a Wren on my rockery yesterday but that really is the only one unlike last year, perhaps they are finding enough to eat elsewhere? I'm sure you will have some tenants soon the trees are still brown so there is a way to go yet!