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  • Forum Thread: Blue Tits

    Hi everyone. Can anyone offer me advice please? I live in Scotland and have a camera nesting box on the side of my house. It's east facing and protected from direct wind and sun. In the first year I had a pair of blue tits move in and they had 12 eggs. They all hatched but one by one they all died...
  • Forum Thread: Healthy bluetit chicks vanish overnight?

    Hi there Can anyone shed any light on the mystery of the vanishing bluetits? We have been watching webcam since eggs were laid and she produced 12 eggs 8 hatched and there was 8 healthy chicks. Now we can only see 4. What happened? Not likely to be predators because of the position of box. Would the...
  • Forum Thread: BT Nesting Box Under Attack From GSW: To Help or Not To Help? That Is The Question... Updated: 170514

    Yesterday I went to stay with friends in Lingfield, prior to our visit to Pulborough Brooks which we had arranged for today. They have quite a wide selection of birds in the garden and I spotted a new bird box at the far end of the garden. I was told that BT's were nesting in there and got the camera...
  • Forum Thread: Killer Blue Tits?

    We have a nest box with camera at school and we've been excited to follow the pair of Blue Tits as they built their nest and laid 10 eggs. The first one hatched this morning, followed by another 3 but despite being fed, they have disappeared 1 by 1. I happened to be watching the live feed and saw...
  • Forum Thread: Excited Newbie with nesting Blue Tits for the first time!!

    I'm new to the RSPB forums so please excuse me.I've always been a keen gardener and fed birds etc but have never put any nest boxes up.This year I did.I noticed over a month ago,two cheeky Blue Tits going into a bird house I had put up high on a tree in our garden.I have at the side of it,a halved...
  • Forum Thread: It's that time again...nestbox cleaning

    Given that most if not all standard boxes will be vacated at this stage, the months of September and October present the best window of opportunity to give any accessible boxes a tidy. At the weekend I checked on a box that was used by blue tits in the spring, unfortunately the nest wasn't successful...
  • Forum Thread: Sold, Under Offer or still For Sale?

    I have had 4 nest boxes up in my garden for the past 18 months or so, and there has been absolutely no interest in them at all. Then today, I spotted a blue tit hanging around by the nest box that's in the laurel. It stuck its head in the hole a few times, seemed to be pecking around the hole...
  • Forum Thread: Vanishing Blue Tit chicks

    A camera in the nest box showed a brood of 2 to 3 day old chicks.....the 5th day all the chicks had gone.The box is mounted on a pergola easily accessed via a fence. Could this be rats ?......if so would moving the box to the top of an isolated metal pole inside a full length plastic drain pipe ( to...
  • Forum Thread: First signs!

    It's been a lovely sunny day, with a maximum temperature of 7.2ºC - and our birds are getting ideas! We'll have to start thinking of names for them if this continues! We have visits from great tits and bluetits to Box 3, but it's not yet been "claimed" by any pair...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Best place to site a nestbox

    Hi all! Siting of a nestbox really depends on the species you are hoping to attract - e.g. tit boxes need to be between 2 and 4m up on a wall or fence, whereas robin boxes should be lower down, in good cover - this replicates how they would nest in the wild, tits nest in holes in trees and robins prefer...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Our rooster has deserted us!

    billybluetit Since last October we have had a roosting bluetit who has settled down each evening in our camera nestbox. We have absolutely loved having him and watching his little routines. A couple of nights ago he failed to come home! There have been signs of fighting in the box - lots of scattered...
  • Forum Thread: nestboxes

    Hi Everyone, Does anyone know how to attract birds to a nest box. I really need some advice. 1 Blue Tit this last summer just looked at the nest box and went away. HELP! Best Wishes, Superior Eagle
  • Forum Thread: Pecking around the hole?

    Hi All Just thought i'd share this with you, in the wildlife enquiries team here at the RSPB we often get asked 'why is that bird pecking at the entrance hole?' A good question, it is certainly nothing to worry about and you don't need to go out there to make the hole bigger! Many...
  • Forum Thread: Where has my nesting Blue Tit gone

    I am a newby to nest boxes and for the last couple of weeks, I have had a Blue Tit nesting in our nesting box but for the last couple of days I have not seen it :-( Do you think it has abandoned the nest or is something else going on as I don't know what the stages of nesting are? Please help
  • Forum Thread: DIY inside the bird box

    Every morning for the past 2 weeks we have heard, what I think is Blue Tits tapping inside the box. I have had this box for at least 10 years now and it has moved house with me. The box has always been on the side of our property so we have heard this noise for many years. Every year but one we have...
  • Forum Reply: remebered pic now lol too many bird houses/nest boxes? any tips please.....pic of garden enclosed x

    again this is a pic of my garden, does anyone have advice on where the best place for a couple more bird houses/nest boxes would be? or is there a risk of having too many? i also have a side garden thats not visible on the pic but its about half the size of this 1 and is surrounded by the same fence...
  • Forum Thread: Female Bluetit strange behaviour

    Hi Everyone, I have a nestbox with a camera inside and was really excited last week when I saw that a nest had started to be built. However the female has been acting very strangely these last couple of days. She keeps going into the box and removing the nesting, then bringing it back in only to remove...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Bird behaviour :)

    Hello Bekky A similar thing has happened to me before, i made a couple of boxes that were suitable for tits as well as a sparrow terrace, of course the blue tits chose to use the sparrow terrace. The sparrows have shown more interest in the starling box i made so it doesn't always work out as...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Nest Box

    We have a new camera nest box which has been up since January. For the past 2 weeks a blue tit has been arriving at 17.45 and sleeping in it overnight. Initially just on the bare boards. Now, a blue tit has started bringing nesting material in, mainly moss and is industriously pushing it into shape...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Ungrateful bluetit

    JudiM, that's a great picture of the young blue tit :-) We have a couple visiting our garden occasionally, along with a great tit and more commonly a coal tit (we're in Cumbria). None of the tits have ever nested, although a pair of blue tits did take an initial interest in one of the other boxes...
  • Forum Thread: my garden

    since i last posted i have brought my first nest box all the ones before i had made hopfully i got in place in time you all been posting and all the birds you see seems so many compared with my garden but in the last two weeks i,ve see paires of blue tits great tits an mash tits no coal tits around...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Blue Tit clutch failing to hatch

    Hi there and welcome to the forum! Unfortunately nest failure occurs regularly with our common garden birds and is one of the many trials and tribulations that they face. The eggs may have been infertile, they could have been affected by the period of cold weather that the UK experienced in early...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Nest Box

    Nesting boxes are often used as roosts through the winter months. It is best to leave the box as it is now that blue tits are nest propecting as some are already set on nesting sites and may already have found a mate with a view to start nest building. The best time for nest box cleaning and maintenance...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Blue Tits in my new box!

    Ahh Gotcha. thanks for that Alan. Its easy when you know how isn't it!
  • Forum Thread: Nest Boxes

    Last year I put up 4 nest boxes and now 3 out of the 4 have nest materials in them. one of them has blue tits in,in the other tree sparrows and I am not sure about the third one, I'l have to keep a close eye on it.