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we are lucky enough to have blue tits in 1 of our nest boxes, unfortunately not a camera type. what i want to know is do they employ some sort of delayed incubation? i ask because at the present time there are 7 eggs that seem to have been laid at a rate of  1 a day but the nest visited it seems quite infrequently during the day, are the early laid eggs now at risk  with no bird sitting?

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  • hello, your quite right, blue tits usually lay one egg a day, but don't start incubating them until all are laid, thats because they want them to hatch at the same time. i've got a blue tit nesting in a box with a camera, and has been doing the same as you described, visiting infrequently, even though there were eggs in the nest, but now that i think she's finished laying (10 eggs in our box) she's spending more and more time on the nest.

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  • hello, your quite right, blue tits usually lay one egg a day, but don't start incubating them until all are laid, thats because they want them to hatch at the same time. i've got a blue tit nesting in a box with a camera, and has been doing the same as you described, visiting infrequently, even though there were eggs in the nest, but now that i think she's finished laying (10 eggs in our box) she's spending more and more time on the nest.

  • thank-you for your reply has certainly put my mind at rest,will b able to leave the kitchen window now.

  • recently i asked for a bit of info on the incubation of blue tits, i got a prompt reply which has proven to be on the money she's sitting

    beautifully now & hardly leaves the nest box; further to that since my enquiry a pair of great tits have moved in to another box not 10 feet away, & as if it could'nt get any better, today i heard a cuckoo, the 1st 1 since 2010 would you believe, all the more surprising as i live rurally in detling kent, so as i say                                                                                                          HAPPY DAYS.

  • That's good to hear Tiffy hopefully you will have a garden full of young soon

  • Hi Tiffy

    Good news - Spring is such an exciting time of year - there seems to be a new revelation each day.

    CJ

  • Yes fingers crossed, had nothing last year, a few nests started then abbandoned, not sure why, but things certainly looking up.

  • Oh how true. Even my beagle has a new lease of life, whereas a short while ago the walks seemed a bit mundane, now he's a puppy again & in to every nook n cranny; i cant get home from work soon enough to get out, despite the recent weather,

  • If you have a camera tiffy take some photos we would love to see some.

  • Good news Tiffy. I 'll look out for you and the beagle when I go that way. I live just down the road in south Maidstone.

  • Please do & say hi, you will hear him though before you see me, not very condusive for wildlife watching i'm afraid