Nesting Box Footage
Beginning the Nest
The is the first sign that the blue tits have taken to the nesting box.
The blue tit is building a nest and it looks like with help from another outside of the nest box.
In for the night
Just after the nest was built up to a substantial level, the blue tit started to sleep in the nesting box at night. The infrared light doesn't disturb the bird but allows the camera to capture the night time movements.
This shows how the blue tit rolls the eggs around with her beak. In addition to keep all the eggs equally warm, it prevents the chicks from sticking to the shells as the develop.
This is the first footage to capture the male bird bringing food to the female as sits.
First chick is out
The first chick is finally here! Very exciting. The female looks like she is struggling a little to feed such a tiny little creature such a comparatively big grub.
Cleaning the Nest
I was told that what the female is doing in this clip is cleaning the bottom of the nest.
Here is the first footage with the chicks eyes open. They are growing so quickly.
I have installed a tiny wildlife camera into a blue tit nesting box. These are a few short clips of the footage I have recorded.