Another bird box year is about to start - and I haven't finished writing up last year's diary yet!
This web site is a diary of the breeding behaviour of blue (and occasionally great) tits in our garden in Mayford, Surrey since February 2001. New readers can read a summary of what has happened in previous years by looking at the Overview page which gives the dates of the principal events, such as the start of nest building, egg laying, hatching and fledging, and the important statistics, such as how many eggs were laid, hatched and fledged. Compare the dates with what is happening this year and see if you can see any trends. Each year has its own Summary page which gives more details about each year's events.
In 2013, 2015 and 2016, two females laid their eggs into one nest, laying a total of 21 eggs in 2013, 18 eggs in 2015 and 17 in 2016. To watch the two hens co-operating with incubating and feeding the chicks was a great privilege - we did not realise such things happened. For them to have happened in 3 of the last 4 years is even more amazing!
This year we have completed the switch to video encoder equipment for the capture of our images. A third Axis video encoder has enabled us to remove the old video capture cards completely and made the switch to Windows 10 easier. See our Technical page for a fuller update. The website update to enable the use of any device to view it, including smartphones, tablets as well as desktop devices, has continued and now includes the past records of every year since 2011. With luck, this project should be completed this year.
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All our three boxes have been cleaned out, disinfected with boiling water, and remounted. So far we have not had many visitors, but this is not surprising bearing in mind that we are still in the middle of autumn with winter yet to come.
The picture is of our hedgehog who, in spite of the cold weather, still comes to eat the handful of Spike's Dinner, a semi-moist hedgehog food, that we put out for him each evening. This evening he came at 4.45pm - before I had even thought about putting out his food! I am surprised that he hasn't started to hibernate yet - we had a frost last night!
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