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Re: Nestbox stories
We have had an old, fairly large, bright blue enamelled tea pot with a white interior for many years. On moving to our present home nearly 30 years ago, I hid the teapot - with the spout pointing down - in the hedge at the bottom of the garden, much to the amusement of our two young daughters. It has...
23 Dec 2009
Great Tit - Nestbox Video Part 1
Hi Everyone, Captured a small clip of the Great Tit currently taking up residence in the nest box, last night. photo.php?v=353614284691230 Hope you like it. Stu
11 Apr 2012
Great Tits in Nest Box
Hi, I was just sitting in the garden and usually about 5.30 or so the Great Tits return to the nestbox. But the behaviour I have noticed everyday is that the female will enter the nestbox and the male will sit outside calling to her and she responds. After a few minutes the male leaves and heads for...
12 Apr 2012
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...
30 Sep 2009
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
21 Jan 2011
Nest Boxes for Goldfinches
Does anyone know if there are special nest boxes required for goldfinches? If not, will a normal nest box with the smaller entrance hole suffice? Any advice greatly appreciated.
15 Oct 2010
Re: What type of owl and what box? Advice please
Hi Helen It might be worth asking about what sound the owls are making unless you have heard them yourselves as the two most likely owls to be using a chimney are the tawny (too-whit too-wooo) and the barn owl (mostly hissing sounds). You can listen to their respective calls on our website species...
12 Dec 2011
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...
22 Mar 2011
Heat proof nest boxes
I'm sure there must be lots of people with house walls that get baked either am, pm or all day and thus are not good positions for putting nest boxes. Having thought about this somewhat frustratedly I've recently been wondering if anyone has made nesting boxes suitable for such positions....
17 Jan 2011
Re: My baby Blue Tits are dying!
When I went out this morning, our Apple Tree nesting box which had occupied by Blue Tits was silent. No sound at all. I waited a while and then started to investigate. Using a torch and a mirror I saw a still chick. I took the box inside and unscrewed the lid to find all 4 chicks dead. I can only...
10 Jun 2012
Wagtail (formaly Osprey)
I purchased the RSPB (£100 +) nestbox before I saw the better priced Aldi ones on the forum :-( I was surprised that the RSPB nestbox is not treated with wood preservative. The advice is included which recommends painting with a non toxic preservative; does anyone have a brand suitable for this...
15 Feb 2011
Surprising nest box sucess
Two years ago I was given an owl chimney nest box for christmas and every body laughed! Determined to see if it could work despite looking totally unsuitable for anything to nest in, let alone a tawny owl my husband put it up on an old sycamore at the edge of a narrow strip of woodland along side the...
27 Dec 2009
Re: Nest Box.
Hi all, now is certainly the time to be thinking about nestboxes. We would recommend a good mix of different types. Most garden birds will be fiercely territorial so you are unlikely to get more than one pair of any particular species nesting in a garden. There are some tips on nestboxes on our website...
23 Sep 2010
What did you find during your Autumn nest box clean?
Most of you are probably already aware that October is the month that we recommend for nest box maintenance and cleaning, its a time of year where nesting has finished and birds are not yet as reliant on the boxes for winter roosting sites. A quick recap on what we recommend you do! Watch the...
10 Oct 2011
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
8 Mar 2013
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...
19 Jun 2010
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...
24 Dec 2009
Great Tit - Nestbox Video Part 2
Follow-up video of the Great Tits currently nesting. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=355407187845273 This video was captured earlier today and the good news she has 11 eggs:
13 Apr 2012
Re: Advice on where to buy nesting boxes
Just a bit of a plug that a large range of 'Homes for Wildlife' items, including nestboxes, are now on offer in all RSPB shops, at 10% off the normal price. Grab them now whilst stock lasts!
9 Sep 2009
Sad news about the Great Tit family
Hi Everyone, The last 2/3 weeks I've been enjoying watching the family of Great Tits nesting and feeding their young. However, this morning when I was gardening I discovered a large number of feathers scattered around in one corner. And knowing that the adults use this section of the garden...
5 May 2012
Re: Live wildlife gardening Q&A session on the communities Wednesday 26 October 3 pm
Hi Susie, I noticed that on the identify this thread that the general consensus is Dunlin, tough one to call given the angle of the birds head but the beak does look quite long which would favour dunlin! I think little stint has been reported from Dungeness recently though, bird on the left looks like...
31 Oct 2011
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