Summary of Events - 2001

The diary started this year on Thursday 3rd January.

  Box1
6 Feb Box installed
18 Feb Bird in box
26 Feb A few bits of moss in the box
27 Feb Bird first roosted
28 Feb More moss and first nesting wriggle
20 Mar Fine snow fell for most of the day - bird still roosting overnight
18 Apr Nest nearly completed
24 Apr Nest cup being created
25 Apr First egg!
26 Apr Egg 2
27 Apr Egg 3
28 Apr Egg 4
29 Apr Egg 5
30 Apr Egg 6
1 May Egg 7
2 May Egg 8
4 May Started incubating on 9 eggs.  Male feeding female on nest.
16 May Eggs started hatching.  6 chicks & 3 eggs by the evening.
18 May Now clear that 2 eggs are not going to hatch
23 May Early growth of feathers making chicks look darker.  Mother no longer sleeping with her chicks.
26 May Eyes open and chicks could be seen blinking
28 May Wings quite well developed.  Chicks wandering out of nest cup
30 May Chicks wing flapping first noticed
3 Jun Chicks now very active.  Much preening with occasional bouts of wing flapping
4 Jun Chicks still in box in morning.  At 1500, chicks observed looking out.  After an increasing frenzy, 2 left at 1700.
By 1730, all chicks had gone
9 Jun Parents seen feeding chicks from mealworm feeder.

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