Webcam live pictures from a great tit nestbox
and a blue tit nestbox in Koenigsbronn

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Diary great tit nestbox:c
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:
Left the nest! Left the nest! Left the nest!
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 +3C...
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 0C
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
2020/03/18 - Best spring weather, the great tit begins to carry moss into the nestbox
2020/04/07 - First egg
2020/04/09 - Two eggs
2020/04/18 - Nine eggs, breeding begin
19.04.2020 - Ten eggs
28.04.2020 - First fledglings
29.04.2020 - Five youngsters

    Diary blue tit nestbox:
    2018/04/14 - from today no overnight great tit in the blue tit nestbox
    2018/11/01 - a great tit in the blue tit nestbox
    2019/03/22 - The first pieces of moss in the blue tit nestbox!
    2019/05/17 - Two young bird fledged, no overnight guest in winter
    2020/04/01 - Great tits begin to build a nest, the narrow entrance doesn't bother them
    2020/04/07 - Since tonight the great tit stays overnight
    2020/04/13 - Six eggs
    2020/04/15 - Eight eggs, breeding begin
    2020/04/26 - Two young birds

Hereinafter the both b/w live cameras, built in at the top of the nestboxes, more than 20 years old, work good with IR light. Connected to a small AXIS videoserver for the internet. and here some addational infos.

great tit nestbox blue tit nestbox (currently with great tits)
great tit nestbox 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 nestbox to the World.
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blue tit nestbox

Who "shows up", and when?

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: the 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.
garden environment around the nestboxes
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.

In a short movie is show how the last young bird survived in 2010. On 2010/05/29 it looks out of the nestbox, working up the courage to fly out. Slow motion shows quite good their flaps.
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 begins and on 2014/05/12 nine young great tits fledge!
The movie is recorded with the nestbox-cam and a Panasonic HC-X929 AVCHD camcorder.

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updated: 2020-04-09