Elizabeth & Malcolm's Bluetit Pages

Welcome to our bluetit diary for 2018

For various reasons, last year's diary did not get very far.  I hope that this year's will be more complete!

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 5 years is even more amazing!

Last year we completed the switch to video encoder equipment for the capture of our images.  A third Axis video encoder 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 and tablets as well as desktop devices, has continued and now includes the past records of every year since 2011.  I hope to continue this project this year.

As ever, to keep up to date, click on Latest News.  Alternatively, to explore the site more fully, click on the Menu button at the top of the page.

Recent News

Tuesday 2nd January, 2018

Two boxes have been cleaned and remounted, and a bird went inside Box1 the same day!

The picture on the left shows the new box owner.  There wasn't exactly a fight, but it is quite clear that this bird considers that (s)he owns the box!

This year I am taking down Box3.  It has been a great disappointment ever since our neighbours built a car port the other side of the hedge.  Box3 also needs a new roof as the 'weatherproof' plywood I used when I made this box, turned out to be anything but! (I should have used proper marine ply from the start.)

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