What's in your nest box now?

Wednesday 24 October 2012, 15:39

Paul Deane Paul Deane Web Producer

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We know that many of you have nest boxes and some of you have even rigged up nest-cams to see what goes on inside. But it’s not just birds that use these boxes – at this time of year they can make a nice cosy little home for a host of other creatures.

So why not turn on your nest-cam or have a peek inside and sends us images of anything interesting that you find inside.

Please either let us know with a Reply below, email us your photos to autumnwatch@bbc.co.uk, with the subject header NEST BOX or upload them to the Autumnwatch Flickr site.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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    Comment number 1.

    We have a couple of great tits checking out our box on a daily basis. It was around this time last year when of pair began sleeping in the box each evening. Fingers crossed!

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    Comment number 2.

    We have had bees all soummer in one of the boxes until just recently. Still seems to be some activity but less of it.

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    Comment number 3.

    I have Perry in my nest box. perry is a blue tit that arrived in February, unsuccessfully tried to share his/ her pad with a mate( I was lucky to watch the viewing, very funny) and who goes to bed every night as the sun goes down. Perry always taps the walls and looks through the wee crack at the bottom of the box before putting his head into the bottom left corner, fluffing up his feathers and goes to sleep. In the morning he peeps out the hole a couple of times before deciding if its a nice enough day and then flies off.

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    Comment number 4.

    Can I change the subject slightly, We have had something living in our loft as has our neighbour, it leaves behind lots of black & white poo everywhere on the loft insulation. I have lived in the country all my life & have no problem identifying the usual droppings but these are different. They are about 30mm long by about 6mm thick, they are mainly Black with a white end & look rather rough. I have shown all my farmer friends & the local gamekeeper & no one can identify the culprit. I have been up into tje loft at all times of day & night & cannot see anything at all or how it would be able to get in. Anyone any ides?

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    Comment number 5.

    Turned camera on a couple of nights ago and to my surprise and delight there is a tit roosting is is so well 'balled' up not able to make a positive ID of which species of tit I suspect a blue tit I will try to observe it entering to ID which species it is. A question I have been meaning to ask, would it be beneficial to put material inside to improve thermal protection?

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    Comment number 6.

    l have irrels

    have lots of grey squirrels where l live, and find they make that noise, when a cat or dog chase them or come too close,like my own cat,l love to hear them make it because they sound indignant like how dare they,my cat jumps the other way when he chases them and gets close to them then next time ignores them and they go right next to him but l think they are to quick for him any how. l'm lucky fox's and badgers at night and squirrels and lots of different birds in day.

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    Comment number 7.

    Ok, I have a sort of related question to this, but also of inverse - our (indoor) cat started going mad at the front (westerly) window this afternoon, I looked out and there was a blue tit persistently hanging about the (non fruiting) shrubs under the window, about 2 feet from said LARGE feisty cat totally unconcerned - it then flew up to the dead ivy by the window, still in full view of the by now psychopathic cat, and kept coming back all day. I'm pretty sure I heard it scrabbling at the loose tiles on the top half of the wall about dusk - certainly Eris (said cat) was fascinated again.

    So here is the question: I know that birds will use existing nests as shelter during bad weather, but has it decided to suddenly make some sort of new shelter now? Because we've certainly never had a blue tit nesting around the house before - hedgehogs under the window, foxes on the back lawn, bats and sparrows in the eves, tawny owls perching on the telegraph pole, barn owls in the back fields, the occasional sparrow hawk passing for lunch YES, not to mention the wood pigeons, doves, magpies, jays etc, etc... but the one thing we haven't had all summer is blue tits, so has this fellow moved to a balmy garden in NE Kent for winter and suddenly decided that this still isn't warm enough? Does the poor fella have a chill?

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    Comment number 8.

    We have just looked in our terrace of 5 'sparrow' nest compartments. There was a nest in each one. Various stages of completion. Eight eggs had been laid between the five. We are fairly sure they are a Great Tit attempt. They have nested there before. It is almost if there was some confusion over which one to call home. We've removed the eggs but left the nests in case someone wants to roost on a cold night.

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    Comment number 9.

    I also have a nest box with a camera and there has been a bird roosting for about the last week. the picture is black and white ,the bird is curled up but I would say it is a blue tit.


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