Summary of Events - 2003

The diary started this year on Thursday 3rd January.

  Box1 Box2
22 Dec Bird first observed inside nest box  
22 Jan A couple of visits  
24 Jan   Bird first observed inside nest box
 9 Feb First bit of hay  
17 Feb   Oddness in feathers of female noted.
15 Feb First nesting wriggle  
28 Feb   Fluffy discovers robin's mealworms
 1 Mar 36 visits during morning at avg of 1 visit every 5½ min  
11 Mar Small amount of moss - comes and goes  
14 Mar   Fluffy attacks collar at top of nest box
19 Mar Fantail removes as much moss as she brings in!  
29 Mar   First nesting materials
31 Mar Fantail roosted in box for the first time Fluffy roosted in attic
 2 Apr   Fluffy removes nesting material again!
 3 Apr Fred feeds Fantail in box for the first time  
 8 Apr   Flash feeds Fluffy in the box for the first time
10 Apr   Box floor covered again.
14 Apr   Nest cup starting to be lined
17 Apr Nest cup starting to be lined  
19 Apr   Nest appears to be completed
20 Apr Nest apparently completed  
24 Apr FIRST EGG  
25 Apr Egg 2 FIRST EGG
26 Apr Egg 3 Egg 2
27 Apr Egg 4 Egg 3
28 Apr   Egg 4
29 Apr   Egg 5
30 Apr   Intermittent incubation
 1 May Egg 5  
2 May    
 3 May Egg 6  
 4 May Egg 7  
 5 May Egg 8.  Start of incubation. Start of serious incubation
13 May   Three eggs hatch during day
14 May   Remaining 2 eggs hatched over night
15 May    
16 May Three eggs hatch during day, one later that night  
17 May   Chicks starting to develop grey fluff
18 May Fifth and sixth egg hatched  
19 May    
20 May    
21 May Chicks starting to develop grey fluff Chicks now cheeping when fed
22 May   Chick's eye open
23 May   Chick preening its feathers
24 May Chicks cheeping Chick's eyes blinking 
25 May    
26 May    
27 May   Wing flapping.  Chick out of nest cup. Flash (male) disappears.
28 May   Nest cup trodden down - chicks all over the place
29 May Fantail no longer roosting with chicks Two chicks disappear between 9.30 and 10.38am
30 May    
31 May   One chick taken by woodpecker at 7.11am.  The remaining 2 chicks fledge immediately after.
 1 Jun    
 2 Jun    
 3 Jun    
 4 Jun    
 5 Jun Three chicks fledge  
 6 Jun    
 7 Jun Fourth chick fledges  
 8 Jun    
 9 Jun The last two chicks fly the nest.  

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