A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there are 3 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 3 Guests

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» What are you preserving today?
by freebird Yesterday at 11:06 pm

» What are you harvesting today?
by freebird Yesterday at 11:02 pm

» Hugelkultur
by Chilli-head Yesterday at 8:08 pm

» Insect hotel
by Chilli-head 24th June 2017, 11:30 am

» Heat in the June garden
by Chilli-head 24th June 2017, 11:23 am

» What are you reading now?
by Dandelion 18th June 2017, 7:41 pm

» Bees Behaving Badly
by Dandelion 2nd June 2017, 5:52 pm

» Compost - question and answer thread
by FloBear 1st June 2017, 9:40 am

» The May garden - catch up time !
by Dandelion 30th May 2017, 11:18 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by Chilli-head 30th May 2017, 4:01 pm

» This year's challenge
by Chilli-head 30th May 2017, 3:51 pm

» National Mills weekend
by Chilli-head 9th May 2017, 10:33 am

» No-dig gardening & weed control
by Ploshkin 5th May 2017, 11:06 pm

» April - busiest month of the gardeners year ?
by freebird 29th April 2017, 5:34 pm

» Amazing Hotels
by Dandelion 17th April 2017, 3:49 pm

» The art of enough
by Dandelion 13th April 2017, 11:04 am

» The Repair Shop
by FloBear 6th April 2017, 9:10 am

» Knitting in the round
by Ploshkin 2nd April 2017, 6:12 pm

» Marching into the spring garden
by Chilli-head 30th March 2017, 8:22 pm

» Birdbox cam
by Chilli-head 15th March 2017, 4:04 pm

Statistics
We have 631 registered users
The newest registered user is BrendaP

Our users have posted a total of 44345 messages in 2304 subjects
HML on FaceBook
RSS feeds



Donate to our Charity
The Homemade life supports Kiva - microloans for people in developing countries working to change their lives.  These loans are repaid to our KIVA account, so your donation is used many times to help different people - literally the gift that keeps on giving..

Birdbox cam

View previous topic View next topic Go down

default Birdbox cam

Post by Chilli-head on 7th April 2015, 12:33 pm

I have always had my doubts about thore recommended sizes for the holes in bird boxes that the RSPB website recommend. Seem too small for me. Now I have definitive evidence ! Whilst working in the garden, Mrs C-H and I were puzzling over the rat-tat-tat noises coming from nearby. Following the sound, we watched a little blue tit busying itself trying to peck the hole bigger, and watching it wriggle in and out you could see why ! Quite comical really.

Anyway, this is the box with the camera in it, so we put it on to have a spy at what is happening inside - start of nest building ! How exciting, our very own Springwatch. And, the best bit - it is all built from the curly wood shavings I put on the compost heap a few days ago. Indeed, there are whisps of wood shavings sticking out of all the birds nests in our garden Very Happy
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Ploshkin on 8th April 2015, 10:07 am

That is exciting CH. I've often thought about a nestbox with a camera but we have so many natural nesting sites around that I don't know if I could tempt something closer.
I have watched the osprey webcam at Loch of the Lowes for the last 5 seasons ever since we saw 'Lady' catching a fish for her chicks when we visited. She is believed to have hatched there 30+ years ago and last year was her 24th year on the same nest. She has raised 50 chicks there. Last year her eggs failed to hatch - most likely lack of fertility but she also had a new, young mate who was less than diligent about looking after them when it was his turn. So far, this year she has not returned - her mate has been back on the nest for a week, so it is looking unlikely that she will make a 25th season but she has turned up quite late in the past and bad weather over Europe has delayed some osprey migration this year so there is still a glimmer of hope.
avatar
Ploshkin

Posts : 992
Join date : 2013-07-18
Location : Mid Wales

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by FloBear on 11th April 2015, 12:21 pm

A bird box camera is on my personal wish-list though I don't know when I'll get round to doing anything about it. Exciting and sometimes disappointing from experiences of others I have spoken to - usually when the whole brood is predated just when you thought they were going to make it to the outside world.
avatar
FloBear

Posts : 289
Join date : 2015-02-10
Location : East Dorset

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Chilli-head on 14th May 2015, 10:25 am

I put the first pictures in the May morning thread, though you might like an update.

Hungry:


Exhausted by the effort of digestion !


These hatched a couple of days ago. I think there were 6 chicks and 4 unhatched eggs when we last got a clear view.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Ploshkin on 14th May 2015, 4:33 pm

Oh that's lovely. We used to have blue tits nesting above the kitchen door until the rotten piece of wood was replaced. The amount of feeding flights that the parents made was quite staggering. They're so tiny, you wonder where they get enough energy from.

Our swallows returned 2 days ago.
avatar
Ploshkin

Posts : 992
Join date : 2013-07-18
Location : Mid Wales

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Chilli-head on 31st May 2015, 9:19 pm

Well, as anticipated, bird box cam has made difficult viewing at times.  From about 10 eggs,  3 failed to hatch, then it has been a steady dwindling in numbers of chicks.  I presume the unusually cold May has made for a scarecity of caterpillars on which the young are fed.  The longer foraging times for the parents mean the chicks are left getting coldr for longer, and the result is that they now have just one chick remaining.  But that one sees to be now mature enough to cope with a wider range of foods, and so the parent's journeys are shorter, so it is growing well.  It has been flapping its wings about and clambering around in the nest; I expect it will fledge in the next day or two.

It is interesting to see nature in action. It highlights to me the nonsense of applying human values to other animals; what - in human terms - would be a tragedy, is just normal. Clearly it can't be expected that those 10 eggs all produce succsssful new birds. It is just natural selection in action, ensuring the health of the species at the expense of the weaker individuals. Quite a contrast to humans, where each individual is valued and nurtured with whatever modern medcine can do. We have largely bypassed nature's natural selection. We are on our own now. Scary thought.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Ploshkin on 1st June 2015, 7:27 pm

It's going to be a bad breeding year for a lot of birds this year but I'm glad you have one that looks as though it will make it. I think our local bat population is going to take another knock this year. 2012 was disastrous for them but as you say CH the strongest ones survived which will hopefully help them get through the current difficult conditions.
avatar
Ploshkin

Posts : 992
Join date : 2013-07-18
Location : Mid Wales

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Chilli-head on 3rd June 2015, 1:41 pm

Looks like the survivor has fledged yesterday; nestbox is now empty. Good luck to in out in the big wide world. Hopefully it will not encounter one of the neighbours cats - unlike the poor blackbird dead on our lawn the other day Evil or Very Mad
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Chilli-head on 15th March 2017, 10:10 am

I heard a familiar tapping noise from the garden this morning; a blue tit pecking around the nestbox hole ... Why do they do that ? It is not that it needs to be bigger, it seems to be part of the ritual. That would seem to go against the advice I've seen that placing a metal plate around the entrance hole is a good idea to stop it getting enlarged by other creatures in order to predate the chicks. Don't want any chipped beaks !

Anyway, we seem to have an interested pair this year, lets hope they have more sucess.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Ploshkin on 15th March 2017, 3:22 pm

Fingers crossed. What happened last year - no residents or a failed brood?.
avatar
Ploshkin

Posts : 992
Join date : 2013-07-18
Location : Mid Wales

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Chilli-head on 15th March 2017, 4:04 pm

No takers for that box last year. But we did have long tailed tits in one of our viburnums, and I have seen some back this year.

The nestbox seems to specifically attract blue tits. Only they show any interest. I know different sizes of holes attract different birds, but it seems surprisingly selective.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Birdbox cam

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum