Nest , Cork,
6 nestcam boxes: Great Tit nest, Blue Tit nest, Great Tit roosting.
Project closed & no longer being updated.
2011 Great Tits (with 3 Cameras) & Blue Tits
feed above for latest updates and live video info.
Great Tit started
incubating 7 Eggs 22 Apr, Hatched 4th May, all
fledged 23 May
Great Tit Video
clips & photos are here
& on youTube,
Fledge video: 1st
chick, last chick
Blue Tits started
incubating 7 eggs 1st May, Hatched 12th May (no videos from this
DIY Nest Box with
camera construction photos see Version
3 and Version
video OFF following fledging, check twitter for next broadcast
(from early mar 2012)
tit nest with 3 fledging chicks.
Tit this year in box1 - DIY Nest box Construction Details see
further down page
gallery from nestbuilding to fledging. 3 Cameras, Stereo
24/7 every few seconds. The hen still comes to roost at night.
Summary: Apr 14
nest started; Apr 25 Egg 1; Apr
26 Egg 2; Apr 28 Egg 3; Apr
29 Stopped at 3 eggs Incubation started; May
11/12 hatching; May 30 0931
all 3 Fledged: Fledging
- a Blue
Jun Blue tit: no longer roosting at night.
May Blue tit: still no eggs, not looking
hopeful. F still roosting at night.
video: bumble bee, m feeds f, m wake up call, problem
Apr Blue tit video: 'fine
tuning' of nest. Side Camera is moved
Apr Great tit nest - building
continues on and off, 1 egg laid, subsequently abandoned.
Apr Blue tit - m tries to feed the f, and perhaps there's
something else going on? See clips.
Apr Nest is complete? little activity during the day. The
blue tit roosts in the box at night.
06 Apr Nest
Mar Side cam moved to point at floor, nest building
continues. WMV videos: Close up with sided
vew camera, all
cameras, simultaneous, incuding outside cam.
Feb Male enters box, followed by female, male then leaves
Similtaenous overhead & side views camers, later outside
Feb female enters box and does the 'shuffle' WMV4mb
Overhead cam and later sideview.
20 Feb - some
nest material brought into the blue tit box This is way to early
so they are just experimenting with the nest box at this stage.
Nest building won't normally start till mid march at the
Nest Box Cam Version 4
See also the previoius version
3 for additional pictures and info on parts. Version
3 pics (follow 2009/mar/NestBox v3 Opened/
dissasembley showing some of the creatures that moved in -
& brown 'stuff'.
– chick inspects the camera
– adult brings some food
– chick furiously wing flapping
– adult brings in large catapillar. 2 adults, 6 chicks in
the crowded nest
- 1st chick leaves; an perches at the entrance hole
- 5th leaves
– 6th and last chick leaves
– Adult enters wth food, to find they've all left.
12-Jun: Day 20/21:
Infrared video of the chicks on their last night in the nestbox;
sleeping see the chick on the right's eyelids and beak move at
01:03:10, preening with eyes closed at 02:54-> WMV,
Also they were disturbed by something earlier on, one of the
chicks leaves out a screech: WMV,
10-Jun: Day 18. 6
chicks; some wing flapping on a sibling's head- WMV,
Fledging anytime from now on.
9-Jun: day 17. WMV
8-Jun: Day 16. First night that the chicks
are on thier own in the box. See the reaction to a blackbird
alarm call. Also see the head plumage moving on the chick on the
right. video: WMV,
7-Jun: Day 15:
Wing flapping, scratching, preening and some chirping. Video:-
5-Jun: Day 13:
3-Jun-08: Day 11:
4 Jun - AVI,
28 -May: Day 7
Sleeping mother with the dawn chorus in the background, 7 day old
chicks, what goes in must come out! WMV,
29 -May: Day 6
28 -May: Day 5
Some big pieces of food, the patient parent checks the chick
swallows it ok. The chicks begin to chirp. WMV,
27-May: Day 4
on left). Male finds a mouth to feed under female's rear end!
26-May: Day 3, the chick are 3 days old -
25-May: Day 2. All
6 eggs hatched. Video WMV,
See M with catapillar too big for chicks, F tries & then eats
it herself! Clips also show brood
chick hatches: Picture
Video, including feeding on day 1. WMV,
23-May: The wren
builds a nest in 2 days. I think this is what's happening - the
mail builds the nest, in the video he sings in the nest to
attract the female, then leaves to let the female in. Th nest is
forming a dome. Videos: WMV,
Blue tit catches fly, is fed (listen to cruncy noises!), M
tries to feed the eggs! WMV,
21-May: A wren
starts nestbuilding in box 1; Box 2 Blue Tits hatching expected
any time now.
eats a white butterfly, also brooding patch visible at end of
video (camera 2): WMV,
18-May: M feeds F
for 1min with nothing in his beak, 6 eggs visibleWMV,
17-May: Incubating; video shows her settling
on the eggs: WMV,
11- May-08 - 6
eggs. Videos: egg laying WMV
Long tail WMV
10-May-08 - 5
eggs, incubation starting.
09-May-08 - At
least 4 eggs - photo.
05-May-08 - Egg laying begins, later than last year which was 20
02-May-08 - Bumble
Bee goes under nest material, blue tit encounters it: video WMV
01-May-08 - Male
feeds the female in the nest box: video WMV
Apr 08 - Female Waling up: video 27 WMV
27 Apr 08 - Female Roosting: video 27 WMV
26 Apr 08 - Female sleeps in the nest box for the first time.
9 Apr 08 -
First nest material brought in.
16 Mar 08 - Blue
tit removes some rubber sleeving: Picture,
9 Mar 08 - Blue
tit attacks side camera covering, and removes it - 4MB WMV
26 Feb 08 - Femle
joins male briefly in box, jumps into side camera compartment:
3MB, AVI 16MB
24 Feb 08 - Side
cam moved to show entrance hole with simultaneous over head view:
20 Feb 08 - Great
Tit and Blue Tit nest Box inspections:
Video-> AVI 44Mb
Camera 1: old nest box with great tit, Cameras 2/3
new nest box
with overhead and side views of a blue tit.
Weekly Bird Counts Co Cork Dec
07 to Feb 08 incuding 06/07 (as submitted to BWI)
2008 - Nest Camera DIYconstruction
details and videos for version 3.
cameras - one overhead and movable side view.
camera has pan/tilt/zoom functionalith that can be controlled
outsdise the nest box.
details & photos of a simple
UPDATE - see verison 4 box details further up
Feb 2008 "Hot Bird"
Birds' nest at the end of a satellite dish -
A flower pot was used to protect
the motor of a motorised satellite dish, some blue tits decided to
make it their nest last year. When the dish moved, so did the
2007 Season: (nb
the google videos no longer work, use the download link instead and
the free VLC
Nest box is opened, one unhatched egg (16 x 12.5mm), the 5th
chick is still there. Photos
14 Jun Spotted an an adult and chick in the
01 Jun 3 days after fledging, spotted in the
garden - photos..
29 May They Fledge. Video shows 4 chicks
leaving the nest with views from inside, outside the box and in
the bushes afterwards. The 5th and last one didn't survive. So out
of 8 egss 7 hatched, 3 died, 4 fledged. Download
it. Some photos.
28 May. MP4 Clips: TailGrab
- chick mistakes parent's tail for food. Day
18. Usual feeding and wing flapping.
24 May Video Day15, mother wakes up, feeding,
more wing flapping and they are calling out loudly when food
arriveds MP4 Download
23 May Video clip showing 14 day old chick
testing wings. A fly wanders in later causing some alarm! MP4
23-May-07: There are only 5 this morning. Lost 1
yesterday for sure.
22-May-07: It's now 11 days after hatching,
still 7 chicks. The unhatched egg is still in there somewhere.
Larger video, MP4
14-May-07: 7 visible chicks being fed. Pic
of one of the frames showing the 7, video. Download it as MP4
and also the following: Small chicks
big caterpillars! (took 2 mins to swallow!), What are they
over this time??, another feeding
10-May-07 Afternoon: 3 Chicks hatch in the
morning and there are 6 (we think) by afternoon. So 2 unhatched
eggs remain. Clip on left shows them moving about and one with an
open mouth looking for food. video MP4
version of it. The eggs are 15mm x12mm weighing 0.5grams. See
"morning" below for hatching.
Blue tits hatching. .
(5mb) .Chick has just struggled out of the top left egg, the
parent(f?) then comes in and helps the upper right chick by
removing and eating parts of the egg. She finally removes the
remaining half of the upper left egg and takes it outside. Next
clip shows the parent (f?) coming in to feed the chick at the
center top and well, ah-hem, what goes in must come out so she
removes the "waste in the form of fecal pellet enclosed in a
gelatinous sac". In the last clip the other parent (m?) feeds
a chick in the lower right hand side but mammy has to look after
the other end and takes the "message" outside. All the
chicks shown had just hatched (10May07), 2 eggs still remained out
of a total of 8. They should remain in the nest 18 or so days.
10-May-07: 3 Chicks.
03-May-07: Food fight! Male bring in a nice
juicy caterpillar for the female but seems to have difficulty with
the idea of handing it over!
Download video as MP4,
01-May-07: No change. hatching expected, all
going well, around 8th May? (12-14 days after 27thApr).
28-Apr-07: 8 eggs, incubation continues. Video
shows 8 eggs, female entering nest followed by male who feeds her,
then she settles down on eggs. . Download
it. (1mb, mp4 movie, 30 seconds).
27-Apr-07: 8 eggs,
22-Apr-07: 3 Eggs:
(18mb mpg video ,
realplayer or nero showtime)) it. male feeding female,
going to sleep on 3 eggs, then reorganisising the eggs head down
and tail flicking embarriningly up in the air.
Blue Tit: of embarrising moment: download
(8mb mgp) the
Blue Tit nest, 2 eggs visible. Click play on google movie
it (5mb MPG movie). 1st egg arrived apr 20.
22-Apr-07 - 3 eggs
Roosting Great Tit movie clip, winter of 2006/7 HiRes
(56mb).Clips taken during Jan/Feb 07 combined into a 4 minute
movie covering dusk to dawn. See the bird entering/leaving,
preening, going to sleep, holding on during a F9 gale etc.
Pair of Blue
Tits making nest, Co, cork (mp4, 12mb). . The first bird is
probably a male and is trying to attract his mate inside, and
probably realised that she is nearby. By him leaving the box, it
allowed the female to go inside. (thanks to Andy of NestWatch.info
for the explaination).
The nest was started on 23 march, but it wasn't a very
organised effort until about a week later.
20-April-07: First Egg
DIY: NestCam construction details from Andy's Nestwatch.info
(offline but back march 08, and offline again) site here
and some videos
from inside the nest box.
How to fit
a camera and lights to a nest box. Two nest cam boxes were make
this way, the great tit box uses a better quality camera than the
blue tit one. A DVD recorder was used to continuosly capture video to
it's hard disk, then highlights burned to dvd. DVD then copied to pc
for upload to web.
week 2007 photos.
Garden Birds, Co Cork, Ireland 2006, Camera Olympus E-500, Sigma
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