In November 2011 my wife gave birth to our first child. Needless to say this little bundle of joy kept us incredibly busy so when it came to fire up the camera for 2012 we found the camera had died so didn’t have the time to get a new camera up and running.
For 2013 we ordered a new camera from eBay but despite it looking identical to our previous camera the focal length on the camera lens was too long making it useless. As birds had already started to use the box we just left the birds to it.
For 2014 we’ve decided to buy a new box and camera combo.
The old box has been taken down and the new box has gone up in its place. We are just awaiting for a connector to allow the camera to be connected up to our dedicated server.
The new box is much taller than the original box and features 2 opaque windows. This should mean for the first time since 2008 we should be able to capture colour video and pictures.
Our main concern now is whether the birds will take to the new box. We just have to wait and see now but we’ll be sure to update you all!
Sad news about our chicks… Over the last five days all our chicks have died one by one.
Who knows the reason for sure, maybe one of the parents died, maybe the birds didn’t time laying their eggs to match the caterpillar season right or something else but that’s nature and we have a had a great couple of years before this year. Let hope birdcam 2012 will be more successful
In this video mum is sitting on the nest with the chicks underneath her when dad comes in with some delicious looking caterpillars! Mum makes way for dad to feed some of the chicks before flying back out for more food.
At the moment it is a constant feeding frenzy in the bird box with both parents flying in and out to bring back caterpillars for their chicks.
When they first hatched we counted 8 beaks (out of 9 eggs) but with so many growing bodies and beaks it’s now difficult to tell how many we have!
The chicks are now 6 days old and as you can see they have grown an enormous amount in those 6 days since they were born!
Sorry for the lack of updates but due to technical issues with our e-mail we are having huge problems getting the videos of our chicks
In this video you will see Mr tit bringing in food for Mrs Tit. Mrs Tit attempts to feed it to her chicks but they are so newly hatched that it’s all a bit too much!
You will then see Mrs tit is giving her other chicks a helping hand out of their eggs. Look closely and you will see her tapping the eggs and eating the eggshells that her chicks are hatching out from.
If you look carefully you will also catch glimpse’s of her newly born chicks.
We now have 4 eggs! After the boiling hot day we’ve had Mrs Tit left her eggs uncovered today. We know from previous years that once blue tits start to lay their eggs they will lay 1 egg per day. This year Mrs Tit has been keeping all her eggs totally covered up which has made getting a video quite difficult.
Maybe she has left them uncovered to give us an easter egg treat! :o)
Bird cam 2011 is looking good! We are getting regular visits to our bird box and those visits are getting more frequent and longer. The female blue tit is now displaying nesting behaviour inside our bird box. (see our video below).
Mrs Tit is visiting many times each day and fluttering her wings inside the nest box which is what she does to flatten down the nesting material that she will bring in to make her nest. All signs are positive and after looking up what has happened in previous years to our bird box, we would expect that the nest building will begin anytime in the next couple of weeks. The actual start date will depend on the green moth caterpillar season, which is what the blue tits align their egg laying to, as they rely on them to feed their chick. Fingers crossed!