Thursday, 24 February 2011

Twitterpated Blue Tit

Having bought my bargain Aldi nestbox camera the other week, it was hastily assembled and set up in the hope of it being occupied this year. It's all a bit low-tech, but hopefully does the job... So it's up in the biggest tree in the garden, looking out over the valley, with 30m of cable trailing into the house and wired into the TV through a series of splitters.


This was all about 10 days ago, and I'd occasionally flick to see what was going on - generally nothing! But it's actually quite amazing how quickly this happened.


So one morning this guy (a Blue Tit for anyone finding it hard to work out) was in, furiously pecking away, cleaning up the entrance hole. This has now become a regular occurrence, with constant tapping in the background on and off most mornings. Having made some modifications to the entrance hole, he's now been working on the inside, chipping away at any tatty corners and seemingly innocuous bits of box not to his liking. The results of his labours are more apparent from the outside.


The most interesting behaviour though, is something I've not seen before. But then I've never had a camera nestbox! Quite regularly, he'll drop down and scratch away at the floor, wings outstretched. Some form of home-making behaviour, confused display or just 'twitterpated' as Disney would say. Answers on a postcard please. Hopefully a female will also find the box to her liking, so I'll keep the updates coming over the spring.


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