Elizabeth & Malcolm's Bluetit Pages

Welcome to our bluetit diary for 2019

For the last few years, Elizabeth has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  She finally died in August 2018.  I shall try to carry on with this diary in 2019, but although I now have more time to give to it, I find it increasingly difficult to do, so wish me luck.  Although Elizabeth didn't get much involved with the technical stuff, she helped me keep the records, created story lines and her enthusiasm kept me up to the mark!

I still have most of the data from last year, so you never know, I might be able to add a bit more to the 2018 record.  That year was an unusual one in that the chicks in Box1 fledged at about the same time as the eggs in Box2 hatched!  Such a wide  difference in timing is very unusual. 

As regular readers of this web site will know, this 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.  Each year has its own Summary page which gives more details about that 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!

In 2017 I completed the switch to video encoder equipment for the capture of our images.  A third Axis video encoder enabled me 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 every page.  This button brings up a context sensitive menu depending where it is situated.  Hopefully it provides a sensible selection of options to move on to.

Last year's News

Saturday 9th June, 2018

The chicks in Box1 fledged on May31st/Jun1st, and although all 9 eggs hatched in Box2, we are now down to 6 chicks.  Here you can see them resting between feeds - all looking towards the entrance hole of course!


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