Summary of Events - 2009

The diary started this year on Thursday 3rd January.

  Box1 Box2 Box3
16 Nov Monitoring started.  First visitor to outside. Monitoring started. First visitor outside  
24 Nov     Monitoring started
25 Nov     First visitor outside - a wren
28 Nov     Outside camera for Box3 started
1 Dec     First bird inside - a wren!
6 Dec   First bird inside - a bluetit  
11 Jan   First time two birds together inside box  
13 Jan     First bluetit in box
18 Feb   First nesting material brought into box  
27 Feb     Bluetit in nest box
4 Mar     Bluetit in box, GT Investigating.
12 Mar     Bumble bee & bluetit in box
13 Mar First nesting material brought into box Still little nesting material in box.  
19 Mar   Bertie feeds Bella in box  
20 Mar Fay starts bringing nesting material    
31 Mar Fay defends box from GT Nest looking visibly bigger GT investigates box
2 Apr   Bertie feeds Bella 3 times in 10 min.  
5 Apr     Bluetit investigates box again
6 Apr   Bella lines nest with feathers  
11 Apr   FIRST EGG!  
12 Apr   Egg 2  
13 Apr   Egg 3  
14 Apr   Egg 4  
15 Apr   Egg 5  
16 Apr   Egg 6  
17 Apr Fay starts bringing in feathers Egg 7  
18 Apr   Egg 8  
19 Apr   Egg 9  
20 Apr Nest completed Egg 10 Some time spent sitting on eggs  
21 Apr   Egg 11 More time spent on eggs  
22 Apr FIRST EGG! Egg 12  Full incubation in progress  
  During the rest of April Fay laid several eggs but hid them
 so we could not tell when!
   
1 May Fay now has 6 eggs    
2 May Egg 7  Some time sitting on eggs.    
3 May Egg 8  More time spent on the eggs First 7 eggs hatch  
4 May Egg 9  Full incubation under way More eggs hatch  
5 May   Another egg hatches  
6 May   The last egg hatches - 12 chicks counted.  
10 May   Eleven chicks counted.  
11 May   Ten chicks counted.  
14 May   Chick dies and Bella removes it from nest cup.  
15 May   Dead chick removed from nest box.  
16 May First 3 eggs hatch.    
18 May Fourth egg hatches.    
19 May Smallest chick squeezed out of nest cup by Fay during
 cleaning and gets lost.  Eventually dies beneath entrance hole.
   
20 May   Bella no longer roosting with chicks  
23 May   First chick seen at entrance hole  
24 May   Two chicks fledge  
25 May   Four chicks fledge. Scrap dies  
27 May One of Fay's remaining 3 chicks dies.    
31 May Fay fights GSW and drives him away    
1 June First wing flapping session recorded.    
4 June Both remaining chicks fledge around 8.45pm!    
       

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