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  • Forum Thread: Blue tit and Great building in same nesting box

    We've been watching a b pair of blue tits and great tits both trying to nest in the same box. We have a nest cam. Both are bringing in materials but the ble b tit often throws out the bigger grasses brought by the great tit. Is this usual behaviour?
  • 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: nest boxes...these r mine? any suggestions? good places for them or bad? at the bottom is pic of my garden.......where do you think i should put another nest box? the 1st 1 to give me a suggestion that i like i will put the box just where u say and even pu

    this is my garden x So far i think these look very nice and fit in really nicely in my garden xxxxx. I`d still take any advice about nesting birds plus tips about nest boxes xx
  • Forum Thread: Blue tits abandoned their chicks

    Hi, we've had a pair of blue tits nesting in the box in our garden. Up until this year we've always had wrens and it was a nice change to have the tits. Mum and Dad were guarding the nest and flitting in and out very often to feed the chicks which we could hear cheeping (something my daughter...
  • Forum Thread: Where have my bluetits gone?

    For every year as long as I can remember a pair of bluetits (I think it was the same pair though I'm not sure) have nested in a hollow washing pole in my garden. This year they failed to return and I don't know what has happened to them. Do you think the cold weather might have killed them? They...
  • Forum Thread: Hi .... Could you answer a question for me please?!

    Hi all, Firstly ... Im new here so i hope i have posted in right place? And the reason im here is i purchased a nesting box with a camera and this year a couple of Blue tits have chosen our box to nest in ... nesting etc all complete and on Monday morning we woke to find an egg had been laid. Mrs...
  • Forum Reply: Re: What has occupied your nest box?

    My first attempt at contributing to a forum, so I'm not sure if this is what I should be doing, but my nest box has been used by a Blue-tit for the past 6 years. (My husband built it with a camera inside and we were able to record the footage and I would then download it on the computer and made...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Elated newbie !!!

    lynettemj We've taken the matter into our own hands lol...she stuffs her coat pocket with suet pellets as they are a bit harder for the teachers to spot in the long grass, and sprinkles them around. It wouldn't hurt them to put up a little nest box. The ground they own is so vast and would...
  • Forum Thread: Blue Tits and the vanishing nest

    Hello Just wondered if anyone knew why a blue tit nest would disappear? We have a bird box with a camera and noticed that a pair of blue tits had started to nest in the box, they were bringing in straw and moss then yesterday when we got home from work we noticed the whole box had been emptied. Does...
  • Forum Thread: A Happy Couple of Expectant Blue Tits

    We've been watching a couple of blue tits build there nest and then lay eggs, over the last few weeks, on our nest box camera. The female is now incubating more or less full time. The male regularly comes in and sits on her. Is that normal? I thought only the female sat on the nest...? Here they...
  • Forum Thread: Bird nesting in metal post box - will they overheat?

    Hi. Sorry if this isn't in the right place. I'm new and had problems working out how to post. A bird (I think bluetit) has made a beautiful moss nest in our wall mounted black metal letter box but I am worried that they will overheat and that maybe as there are as yet no eggs I should disturb...
  • Forum Thread: camera box abadoned

    Now 5 days since the adult bluetits visited the camera nestbox. I have taken it down (as adviced) and sadly have 4 dead chicks - only hatched approx 4 days ago. I removed the nest(work of art) planning to replace the box. Unfortunately the cable is faulty. Should I replace it in case the birds...
  • Forum Thread: Blue Tits

    Hi we have been living in the Bungalow now for 38 Years this Month, a Friend made us a Bird Box for Blue Tits just after we moved in. We have had Blue Tits in the Box every year but one, i am Disabled and was having a extra Bathroom built on to the house, we had the box on a tree but youngsters were...
  • 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...