This web site is a diary of the breeding behaviour of blue and great tits in our garden in Mayford, Surrey since February 2001. New readers can see what has happened in previous years by looking at the overview page which gives the dates of the principal events, such as the start of nest building, egg laying, hatching and fledging. Compare these dates with what is happening this year and see if you can see any trends. Each year has its own Summary page which gives dates for the major events of the year and some of the basic statistics, such as how many eggs were laid.
In both 2013 and 2015, two females laid their eggs into one nest, laying a total of 21 eggs in 2013, and 18 eggs in 2015. To watch the two hens co-operating with incubating and feeding the chicks was a great privilege - we did not realise such things happened. Let's see what happens in Box2 this year.
Over the winter, with help from Huw Edwards of i-Catcher, we have installed video servers and upgraded several of our cameras and the i-Catcher software to support them. This means that we can now take videos at 25 frames/sec and hope to post on this website some of the more interesting episodes that occur during the season.
As ever, to keep up to date, click on Latest News. Alternatively, to explore the site more fully, click on the Menu button at the top of the page.
The first egg of the season has been laid in Box2. However, as two females are claiming rights over this box we cannot say who laid it!
Nest building in Box1 is continuing, albeit at a very slow pace. However no progress at all has been made in Box3 following the introduction of a few sprigs of moss some days ago.
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