We woke this morning to find one egg in Box 3 from the Blue Tits sitting right in the middle of the nest cup. This looked very promising and that egg laying was underway. However, the blue tits only made a couple of visits to the box today and have not yet returned. The computer that records the cameras is not fully set up yet so we don’t have any video footage of the nest box but it looks like they may have been disturbed, possible by the sparrows that were checking out the box.
Well it appears we are switching boxes this year! The Blue Tits decided after weeks of checking out our main blue tit nest box that they would actually build their nest in one of our sparrow boxes. Most of the cameras aren’t actually in place this season so we only had cameras on box 1 but due to the fact all the boxes are based on the same design we were able to simply swap the camera housing onto Box 3!
The Blue Tits have already made good progress with their nest and more and more material keeps coming. However, choosing a box close to other sparrow nests and feeders is a little problematic as the blue tits spend half of the day chasing sparrows away. We hope this won’t distract them too much from their nest though.
The webcams are now available for this box, click the Live Cameras link and open the Live! Console. This is the console from last year and it in the process of being redesigned to fit in with the new website better so keep watching!
We hope to get some pictures on here soon!
This single sparrow box is getting a bit of attention from sparrows, blue tit’s and even a blackbird! Yes, checking the cameras, a blackbird has been perching on the outside perch and sitting for quite a while just watching the garden!
The Blue Tit’s are showing the most interest and have had a little look around inside, but they seem happy with Box 1 at the moment!!!
We haven’t seen any activity in this box for a few days now so we think the sparrows have now gone elsewhere. We will continue to keep an eye on the box and let you know if anything happens!
We noticed a pair of Sparrows having a good look at Box 3 today and when we turned on the camera, they had already started nest building! You can view this camera live on our Live Webcam system and we will keep you up to date with any happenings in this box! However, there are a couple of lighting problems in Box 3 at the moment as the camera is very sensitive to light so until this is sorted, you may not be able to see much around midday.
Just a quick update, the Sparrows have covered over their nest near the top of the box so the camera cannot see much. However, we can see movement in the nest and know that there are chicks inside (which we can hear outside from the garden!). Both parents have been in feeding and cleaning out the nest. We will keep you updated and try to bring you some images soon!
There are now 3 eggs in Box 3 and the female sparrow has been in sitting on the nest whilst the male has been bringing in more nesting material for the nest. Unlike the Blue Tit nest, the eggs sit right on the bottom wood of the box whilst in the Blue Tit box they were on nesting material.
There are currently two eggs in Box 3. The female sparrow has been in and out sitting on the nest, which compared to the Blue Tit nest, is very untidy and looks uncomfortable. Whilst the Blue Tit nest has lots of soft feathers and moss, the Sparrow nest is made of twigs and dry leaves.
We have installed a temporary camera inside Box 3 to provide us with video from one pair of nesting sparrows in our garden. We are not sure if this nest will be successful but we will keep watching and keep adding to this diary with info, pictures and video in the following weeks. We will also try to get the camera live on the website for you to view at home