Here are a couple of images. We think there is an egg in the bottom right of the box. She is not spending much of the day in the box or bringing in nest material other than some of the cat fur I leave on the hedge for her!
Hi everyone. Think we were mistaken about the egg. She has moved things around and whatever it was disappeared. Hard to tell as our camera is linked to an old telly with flickering screen! We'll keeping looking....
Any further developments Meryl, or is your pair behaving the same way as mine?
Despite my GT female Tuppence, having completed building last Friday-Saturday, she seems to be holding off the egg laying, just bringing in bits of fluffy stuff five or six times a day and depositing it about the top of the nest.
It may be that she isn't ready to lay so early, for whatever reason, but I have not known such a long gap between nest completion and the start of egg laying.
Great news Meryl, looks like there could be four.?
I wish I could get a view of the nest uncovered like that. Tuppence spends about an hour covering the cup each morning and I only get a lucky sight of parts under her when she stretches a wing or leg, and can only see one egg at a time, so I haven't a clue how many there are under her, two or three hopefully.
We have 3 chicks hatched and 2 eggs are left. I am slightly worried given that the first hatched this morning before 6am. The male has been bringing in food as has Mrs GT in between brooding. We have mini mealworms and slightly larger specimens to the delight of the 2 robins who I think also have chicks. I was worried this morning as 2 jays were taking building material from a fan fern only a few feet away from the next box and I am hoping they didn't see the GTs flying in and out as otherwise I shall have to be on guard duty.
The other 2 eggs have not hatched. Each parent is now bringing in food including the mini mealworms although they are actually a bit large for them. At least the 3 chicks should get plenty of food and attention. Mrs GT is still sitting on the eggs but not looking likely.