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birdbox.catherine.net http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary Catherine's Nest Box Webcams Diary Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:31:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 A Few Blue Tit Eggs http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=1064 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=1064#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:31:32 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=1064 Box 1 – 5 blue tit eggs

Box 2 – Occasional visits from blue tits and great tits

Box 3 – Occasional visits from blue tits and great tits. Some nest material, possibly brought by the great tits.

Box 4 – A blue tit roosts at nigh and great tits are building a nest during the day. They must meet some time!

Box 5 – One inspection by a blue tit otherwise just spiders.

Box 7 – After a period of inactivity, a blue tit made a couple of visits today.

Box 8 – A few eggs laid. It is hard to see how many as they are well covered.

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7 Cameras Running Again http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=964 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=964#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:21:17 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=964 We’ve had 5 cameras running with limited web updates for a while. There are now 7 boxes with cameras and the iCatcher server has been re-started.

Box 1 – Blue tit nest almost finished and one bird usually roosts here.

Box 2 – A great tit has been seen to visit.

Box 3 – The camera has only just been re-installed. It looks like something has been in the box but the pictures have not updated  from last year’s final captures yet as the activity has been minimal.

Box 4 – Blue tit roosting.

Box 5 – No activity, the pictures have not updated  from last year’s final captures.

Box 7 – Looks like a blue tit’s nest but the pictures have not updated  from last year’s final captures.

Box 8 – Blue tit nest almost completed.

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Last One Gone – Status 26th May http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=884 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=884#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 13:50:25 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=884 The last great tit fledged today from box 5 (there was only one in there). Here is a summary of this year’s successes and failures:

Box 1 – 9/10 blue tit eggs hatched and all 9 chicks fledged on 25th May. Archived here.

Box 2 – 4 blue tit eggs hatched. sadly, the nest was deserted well before they were ready to fledge.

Box 3 – 4/5 Great tit eggs hatched but only 2 chicks made it to fledge.

Box 4 – A blue tit nest was part built but not used. Archive for boxes 2, 3 & 4.

Box 5 –  3 or 4 Great tit eggs hatched but only one chick fledged today. Box 5 Archive.

Box 7 – This may have been too close to the woodpecker nest. There were early visits by a pair of blue tits but no nest was built.

Box 8 – 8/9 Blue tit eggs hatched but disaster struck just as the chicks were ready to fledge. The parents did not return one afternoon and the chicks died. Boxes 7 & 8 archive.

Woodpeckers – A pair of woodpecker nested in a tree quite close to box 7. Whilst this probably resulted in box 7 not being used, the nest was within range of a network switch & power so we were able to install a camera. 2 chicks fledged on 25th May. Woodpecker archive.

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Woodpeckers Fledging http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=724 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=724#comments Sat, 24 May 2014 10:54:17 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=724  

2 woodpecker chicks fledged today. The 1st one followed its father. The second seemed to exit in a less controlled manner.

Click here for a video of the 1st to fledge and here for the 2nd. Please download the videos (right click, save as etc) and play them from your own machine to conserve our bandwidth. The video quality is not particularly good as the light level was low and there was strong back light through the trees.

Uncontrolled Exit of Woodpecker Chick

Uncontrolled Exit of Woodpecker Chick

Woodpecker

Where Did it Go?

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Woodpecker & Blue Tits Close to Fledging http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=584 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=584#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 09:24:02 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=584 The blue tits in box 1 are close to leaving.

The woodpecker chick is coming further out of its hole to feed and must be near to fledging as well.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker & Chick

Greater Spotted Woodpecker & Chick

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Woodpecker Camera http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=504 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=504#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 15:21:56 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=504 We have added a camera which is monitoring a greater spotted woodpecker nest. There are a lot of false triggers from the light variations due to the movement of branches.

The nest overlooks box 7 which may explain the blue tits not nesting in  that box this year.

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Status 17th May http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=464 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=464#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 15:18:07 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=464 Box 1 – 8 blue tit chicks

Box 2 – 5 blue tit chicks

Box 3 – 2 great tit chicks looking close to fledging

Box 4 – Blue tits part built a nest but it has been abandoned. Camera off.

Box 5 – It looks like there is only one great tit chick surviving. It is difficult to see what is happening as it has a side view camera.

Box 7 – Apart from a few visits by blue tits, nothing much has happened here.

Box 8 – Very sad, the 8 blue tit chicks were doing well. A few days ago the parents stopped visiting and the chicks died.

 

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iCatcher Running http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=324 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=324#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:48:31 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=324 At last we have iCatcher running again. Pictures are uploaded every 10 minutes if there has been some movement. Some pages will still be showing last year’s pictures until there has been some new activity. We have cameras in 7 boxes at the moment:

Box 1 – Blue tits, nest built

Box 2 – Blue tits, nest built

Box 3 – Great tits, one egg

Box 4 – Part built nest, probably blue tits but no activity for a few days.

Box 5 – Great tits, nest built, rooster overnight

Box 7 – Occasional visits by a blue tit.

Box 8 – Blue tits, nest built, rooster overnight.

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2014 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=264 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=264#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:02:58 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=264 A bit late but we are restarting the system. For now, the only camera active is in box 4. It makes timed uploads every 15 minutes.

We hope to have more running soon.

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Fledging etc http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=238 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=238#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:52:31 +0000 http://birdbox.catherine.net/diary/?p=238 Sorry, we have not updated this diary for a while. Here is the current status of the blue tit families:

Box 2 – The female left the nest early one morning and did not return. There has been no further activity and unfortunately the chicks did not survive.

Box 4 – 6 chicks fledged on the 8th June.

Box 5 – 5 chicks fledged, 3 on 12th June and 2 on 13th June.

Box 7 – The scruffy family. 4 chicks seem to be ok and growing. It may be another week before they fledge.

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