2016/10/06 - And again an overnight guest!
2017/03/06 - Some parts of moss lie in the nestbox, but no nest arising
2017/03/10 - Every day a little bit more moss
2017/03/27 - The first egg
2017/03/28 - The second egg
2017/04/04 - The third egg
2017/04/05 - 10 eggs (like never before), beginning to breed
2017/04/18 - The little birds hatch
2017/04/26 - Despite frostiness and snow eight hungry beaks are waiting for food
2017/05/03 - I only count three young birds...
2017/05/07 - All three flew out! Much too early, flying works out not so well, till the evening they sit in the garden at the house wall or in the rhododendron and are fed by their parents. I spotted all three of them:
2017/05/08 - In the morning I hear the beeps of the chicks, for a moment I see one of the parents and two of the youngs flying out of the quince tree to the neighbours. Each brood disappeared and returned some days later for short visits in the garden...
Diary Blue Tit nestbox:
2017/04/29 - Blue Tits hatch (9 eggs)
2017/05/03 - 6 young birds
2017/05/06 - Yet three little blue tits...
2017/05/15 - The Blue Tit Mom sleeps outside the nest
2017/05/17 - Day 18, the Blue Tits fly out! The smallest needs some extra hours
2017/05/14 - A new nest is formed in the Great Tit nestbox!
2017/05/18 - After staying overnight the great tit lays her first egg
2017/05/26 - 9 eggs, begins to breed
2017/06/06 - 8 fledglings
2017/06/14 - Some of them opened their eyes
2017/06/24 - Fledged! The second to last chick waits til noon, the baby bird seems to like it in the nest. Mother sometimes feeds and in the late afternoon it flutters with its wings and after some peeks off the window it's leaving home. It lumbers on the terrace roof, almost falls into the gutter and flies unerringly to the next tree!
2017/09/21 - Early this year again an overnight guest, a great tit in the nestbox! Last night it a temperature of only +3°C...
2018/04/09 - For the first time no great tit at home tonight
2018/04/11 - Starting nest-building
2018/04/17 - from today no overnight great tit, but still sometimes here during the day
2018/10/28 - Late after a warm summer and autumn, the first visit of a great tit in the nestbox! Temperature at night marginal above 0°C
2019/03/20 - Some moss in the box, nest-building begins
2019/03/25 - A piece of wood from behind the entrance lies in the moss. The great tit doesn't make it alone to get it out, so I climbed the ladder and helped out
2019/04/08 - The first egg
|For the presentation of the picture I use a script from
Stefan Bion. By the way, during the last years he
also transmitted the inside of the nest box to the World.
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|Which activities are shown in which month?
March to April: nest-building, Great Tit stays overnight in the nestbox.
May: if you are lucky, breeding the eggs and fly out of the fledglings.
June to September: nestbox is normally empty.
October to February: when it's getting noticable colder at night, a Great Tit spent the nights every year. When it dawns the bird "comes home", cleans its feathers and sleeps until sunrise.
This timetable is a quite good orientation. If the sky is clear the displayed sunset time matches with the homecoming of the great tit, mostly a bit later. If it's cloudy or even bad weather often much earlier.
A short movie shows the last young bird that survived in 2010. On 2010/05/29 it looks out of the nestbox, working up the courage to fly out. In slow motion you can watch the flaps very good.
The movie is recorded with the nestbox-cam and a SONY HDR-HC9 HDV camcorder.
The next movie shows the activities in the nestbox 2014. On march 13 the nest-building beigns and on 2014/05/12 nine young great tits fly out!
The movie is recorded with the nestbox-cam and a Panasonic HC-X929 AVCHD camcorder.
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