10th May 2015

Nesting Great Tits and more– after nesting much later than last year, both ‘our’ Great Tits and Sian’s Blue Tits have been moving on apace. To our astonishment on Friday there were already 5 eggs in our box– they must’ve been well covered-over before because they usually lay one a day! Females of both species build nests and do all the incubating. At Sian’s for the weekend, we are eagerly watching to see if the Blue Tit lays. Meantime, other breeding birds to watch in the comfort of your armchairs- Sian, via

One of the pair of Great Tits now laying eggs in the bird-box

One of the pair of Great Tits now laying eggs in the bird-box

Great Tit on the occupied bird-box

Great Tit on the occupied bird-box

Poor photo but here are the five eggs

Poor photo but here are the five eggs laid by friday

a mate, found the wonderful Puffin webcams on Shetland (Search: visit.shetland.org/shetland-webcams . Scroll down the webcam sidebar, past the cam of the taxi queue on the pier (unless your wondering, like Shetlanders, how long you’d have to wait for a taxi!), and various others to the Puffin webcams- number 3 is most fruitful at present with Puffins, Guillemots, Fulmars et al.) Then search for the Dyfi Ospey Project where Glesni is once again sitting on eggs, and of course you can always watch the Sheffield Peregrines which are brooding 2 young (2 eggs not hatched). Conditions: Still, dry and mild with some sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 16- Min 12c.

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