Archive for March, 2009

Nest Building Is Progressing!

March 30th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

After the slow start that we saw last year things seem to have picked up in the nest building stakes! The blue tits seem to work as a team with one passing the nesting material to the other. The wing flapping action compresses the nesting down so that once the nest is complete it will be nice and tightly packed thus providing insulation and a soft cushion.

RSPB Membership

March 26th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

Please consider becoming a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and helping them in their quest to be the protector of birds and wildlife.

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A spot of re-organisation!

March 20th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

Just moving the nest around a little before bringing more material in!

Follow us on twitter!

March 19th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

I have created a twitter account as I thought that was quite apt! You can follow us at http://twitter.com/birdcam

Nest building has begun!

March 19th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

Although the server still has issues uploading the images to the website I have seen this morning that there is nesting material inside the birdbox. Will look at the internet issue this evening and hopefully you’ll be then able to track the build process.

Webcam updates down

March 17th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

Just a quick note to say that the live picture update has died at the moment. There seems to be an issue with internet connectivity from the bird cam machine. Will investigate tomorrow evening!

Investigating the garden and nest box

March 15th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

Lots of activity over the past week with regular visits as they check out the bird box’s suitability as a nest for 2009. So far things look positive and here’s a picture I managed to snap of the little fella on one of his many visits.

Birmingham University researchers seek help from bird watchers

March 4th, 2009 -- Posted in News | No Comments »

A group of Scientists from the department of schools and bioscience at Birmingham University have launched a project to research how garden birds survive in our towns and cities.

Working with the city council, researchers  from the University captured and gave coloured rings  to 12 common species of bird,  included blackbird, robin, chaffinch and blue tits in the areas of Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield and the part of Shire Country Park between Small Health and Yardley Wood, the birds where then released back into their habitat

It is hoped that people across the city will spot the birds with coloured rings and help provide vital data to the researchers about how far these birds travel.

Emma Rosenfeld, who is in charge of the project for the university said: “There has been a lot of work on long distance migration, but we know very little about how birds move around large cities to feed and survive”.

“By getting people to look for the colour rings, we will be able to get a picture of how far the birds in your garden move to feed and what areas they use most often. Although the birds were ringed in Shire Country Park and Sutton Park, individuals could turn up anywhere in the city.”

The study is part of The National Open Air Laboratories project, which is aiming to encourage people to study, explore, enjoy and protect the environment local to them. The project benefited from a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help bring scientists and communities closer together, other Birmingham studies will look at bats, moths and bees.

Dr Jon Sadler, from the University said: “Much of Birmingham doesn’t seem very promising habitat for small birds, but they have adapted to survive and flourish. What we want to know is how much birds move around from green oases like parks into our gardens. This will help us know what areas in a city are important”.

“But for us to get the best possible picture of how our garden birds behave we really need people to help. So we would encourage everyone to get their binoculars out and get spotting.”