January 1st 2016......At midnight the firework celebrations disturb the sleep of the two roosting blue tits. In the morning, a starling pays a first visit to the starling nest box.
January 23rd 2016......five nest boxes checked out today! From top left, a pair of blue tits, a blackbird, a wren, a starling, and another pair of blue tits.
March 11th 2016......both the blue tit in box 4 and the blackbird in box2 begin to bring in nesting material
edit : the blackbird abandoned nest building two days later.
March 22nd 2016......the blue tit nest progresses nicely.
April 8th 2016.....the blue tit nest is taking shape
April 20th 2016.....Mrs blue tit lays her first egg!
May 1st 2016.....8th and final egg laid. incubation begins!
May 11th 2016.....Day 10 of incubation, Mrs blue tit has an attentive partner!
May 15th 2016.....the first egg shell is removed! The chicks are hatching!
May 19th 2016.....six open gapes show 6 out of 8 eggs hatched. They are 4 days old
May 24th 2016.....six hungry chicks at 9 days old
May 27th 2016.....and then there were five. They are 12 days old
May 29th 2016.....at 21:14 four seemingly healthy blue tit chicks........................
May 30th 2016.....at 05:30 mum leaves the nest after a night of vigorous nest cleaning and sadly only two are left alive. Perhaps an inexperienced mum?
June 5th 2016.....after a final word of encouragement from mum and dad, the blue tit chicks fledge at 08:11 and 09:14 respectively.