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PostPosted: 29/05/08 09:16 
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How about this.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7423903.stm

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PostPosted: 09/06/08 18:24 
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Might have been proud grandparents Micky, but the bu##ers fledged one morning before we got up. But I swear they all came down quite near to show us before they flew away for the last time.

Left it a week and had a look with a mirror in the box - there was one egg left which I removed. I'd like to know if it is good or bad to clean the box out, and if so when.

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PostPosted: 29/06/08 11:59 
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I spotted this well camouflaged nest whilst fishing during the week.
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Anyone know what bird built it ?


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PostPosted: 26/07/08 05:39 
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Almost certainly a wren. That's a classic wren nest location.

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PostPosted: 26/07/08 07:37 
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It was actually a Long tailed tit Tarquin, I couldn't understand how the bird could turn around
in such a small nest.

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PostPosted: 27/03/09 09:00 
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A pair of blue tits are showing an interest in the nest box. Let's hope they take up residence later.

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PostPosted: 30/03/09 19:13 
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My Robins have again chosen the right hand palm tree to build their nest.

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The wooden Robins nest in the back garden has again no inhabitants, and the blue tits are still not interested
in the other detached box.


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PostPosted: 22/03/10 15:17 
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Nearly a year ago I had blue tits investigating the nest box but they didn't use it.

More interest again yesterday.  Let's hope they move in this year.

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PostPosted: 15/05/10 09:13 
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Came back from holiday last week to find a pair of Blue Tits have taken up residence in the nest box.

The eggs have since hatched and both parents are busy feeding the chicks.  Here's one of them coming back out - photo taken earlier this morning. 


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It looks a bit bedraggled.  Non-stop collecting food at the moment!

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PostPosted: 17/05/10 09:07 
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Great photo Roy.

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PostPosted: 17/05/10 15:03 
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We have  Great Tit's in one of our boxes, last time I looked(two weeks ago) 7 eggs . They appear to be feeding youngsters now judging by the activity.
I'll try and get some piccy's

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PostPosted: 17/05/10 19:07 
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Great Tits were nest building in the same box that fell off the fence a while ago, but they didn't finish their work.

Some Blue Tits said thanks very much and are raising their young in there now.

We also have a blackbird's nest in the Clematis, but I can't see it and don't want to get too close.

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PostPosted: 17/05/10 21:06 
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Set up my Canon SLR with the big 500mm lens on the nest box this evening.  Managed to work out how to switch it to "live view" and use my PC as a monitor.

No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get a photo of the parents leaving the nest box, but by hitting "print screen"as they came out I could save the picture and edit it.

Here's my screen with the live view and zoom................ 

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PostPosted: 18/05/10 04:13 
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Here's the best of the photos.  Taken in rather gloomy light about 9:00pm.

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Still lots to learn with this camera............

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PostPosted: 24/05/10 10:03 
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The parents were still feeding the chicks on Tuesday and Wednesday last week.  When I came home on Thursday (20th May), they were nowhere to be seen. 

The nest box was previously used in 2007 and the last time I saw the birds then was the 20th May.

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PostPosted: 24/05/10 13:54 
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Mine were busy Thursday last week but had gone on Friday. I took the box down this morning to empty it out as there were a lot of flies in and out. There was one dead chick.

Not sure whether it needs cleaning out properly? anyone?, so I just dowsed the inside with water and put it back up.

Found a dead sparrow in a rat trap in the corner of the garden. It was covered with a piece of plywood but alas the bird found it. That saddens me but nothing I can do I guess.

Have caught 18 mice in my garage/workshop since Jan 1 this year, but none for the last month. Latest "casualties" to the mices were two pairs of fishing socks, a pack of groundcover fleeces, a net bag, two towels.

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