29th April 2015

Great Tot investigates the box yesterday

Great Tot investigates the box yesterday

A bit of a struggle to get in!

A bit of a struggle to get in!

Today the female has been busy gathering sticks....

Today the female has been busy gathering sticks….

...and large amounts of moss from our 'lawn'!

…and large amounts of moss from our ‘lawn’!

Great Tits nesting: Just when we thought it was too late, a pair of Great Tits started inspecting one of our nesting boxes yesterday and by the evening they had taken substantial amounts of moss and sticks into the box. This time last year the female was already sitting on eggs. I watched them again this morning- the male was calling and the female was busy gathering nesting material, glad that we have a very mossy lawn! If successful, she will go on building the nest and do all the incubating if there are any eggs. Both male and female feed the young. Last year the eggs were abandoned so we will watch on the ‘nest-cam’ and see how they do. Great Tits often return to the same box, so at least one of this pair may be the same as last year. Young females nest a little later than older ones, and on average only one of each couple and one of each brood of Great and Blue Tits survive into the next year. Conditions: Heavy April showers and sunny spells. Temperature: Max 11- Min 5c.

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