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Nest Box Diary 2013

A Great Tit has again nested in one of our nest boxes fitted with a camera. The female started incubating 7 eggs on 4th May and a month later, on 4th June, all 7 nestlings fledged successfully.

7th April - Suddenly, we have a Great Tit building a nest!
7th April - Suddenly, we have a Great Tit building a nest!
7-14th April - No further building but she roosts in the box each night
7-14th April - No further building but she roosts in the box each night
19th April - After days of inactivity, building has resumed.
19th April - After days of inactivity, building has resumed.
20th April - The female is busily bringing moss into the box.
20th April - The female is busily bringing moss into the box.
28th April - Progress is very slow, but maybe because it's so cold.
28th April - Progress is very slow, but maybe because it's so cold.
4th May - Surprise! She's kept these covered until this morning.
4th May - Surprise! She's kept these covered until this morning.
4th May - And she has started to incubate the eggs.
4th May - And she has started to incubate the eggs.
16th May - 6 nestlings and 1 egg.
16th May - 6 nestlings and 1 egg.
17th May - The male brings some food.
17th May - The male brings some food.
17th May - 7 nestlings, trust me!
17th May - 7 nestlings, trust me!
19th May - After just a couple of days, their growth is noticeable.
19th May - After just a couple of days, their growth is noticeable.
19th May - Both parents in attendance.
19th May - Both parents in attendance.
21st May - Wing pin feathers and other feather tracts are visible.
21st May - Wing pin feathers and other feather tracts are visible.
23rd May - Looking more like birds day-by-day.
23rd May - Looking more like birds day-by-day.
25th May - Both parents are busily feeding their young.
25th May - Both parents are busily feeding their young.
26th May - Seven healthy and hungry nestlings
26th May - Seven healthy and hungry nestlings.
28th May - Now they even look like Great Tits!
28th May - Now they even look like Great Tits!
29th May - One appears slightly more advanced than the others.
29th May - One appears slightly more advanced than the others.
1st Jun - It's getting a bit crowded.
1st Jun - It's getting a bit crowded.
2nd Jun - Although crowded, there's room for wing flapping.
2nd Jun - Although crowded, there's room for wing flapping.
3rd Jun - Could this be their last night in the box?
3rd Jun - Could this be their last night in the box?
4th Jun - Yes! All 7 have fledged.
4th Jun - Yes! All 7 have fledged.

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