It’s seemed like a long time coming, but we have eggs in one of the bird boxes. It’s was hard to spot the eggs initially as they are hidden in amongst nesting material, but there was certainly at least one egg on Monday 23rd. So she perhaps started laying Sunday. Today it looks like we’re up to at least 6 eggs. She lays the eggs and then sits warming them all night before covering them and going to get food. She is still bringing in nesting material to keep the eggs warm when she is not there.
We shall start putting the live feed on the reception screen sometime next week. In the mean time you can watch our Live feed from home!
Mid May – The female plucks away her feathers on her abdomen to create a bare patch (called a ‘brood patch’) to incubate the eggs. She will start to incubate the clutch the day before it is complete and will sit on the eggs for about two weeks until they are ready to hatch. During this time, if she made a good choice of mate, the male will bring her some food, but she will still need to leave the box regularly during the day to feed.
Late May – The chicks hatch naked and blind and are most vulnerable at this time. They need constant warmth, and the female will frequently sit on them. Finding enough food can prove difficult if the weather is cold and wet.
Here are some video clips from Thursday.
Monday 30th: Now just over a week after she starting laying she's staying on them much more often and the male blue tit has started bringing food to her. You can see this on the video below.