Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Blue Tit update

After my first post on the 'twitterpated' Blue Tit, it's only taken her a month to get round to nest-building. She's furiously at it now though, with beakfuls of moss and 'stuff' dragged in on a regular basis now.


You can't quite see it here, but the mysterious 'nestbox shuffle' makes a bit more sense now. As the amount of nest material builds up in the box, the shuffle compacts it down round the sides of the box and will leave a decent cup in the centre of the box. Mystery solved!

This is perfect timing as well, as the BTO's Nest Box Challenge launched last Sunday, so my Blue Tit will be one of the first dots on the map. It's so easy to join the survey, so do go and have a look today.

The rest of the nesting season has been a bit slow, with my short forays out (both of them) producing just one Wren nest. You just know it'll be one the male builds and is never used, but we'll see.

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