Summary of Events - 2016

The diary started this year on Thursday 7th January 2016.

  Box1 Box2 Box3
8 Jan Monitoring started Monitoring started Monitoring started
8 Jan First visit    
14 Feb First nesting wriggle    
19 Feb Box regularly visited Box regularly visited  
22 Feb   First time two birds in box together.  Fight with nuthatch!  
25 Feb   First nesting wriggle.  
29 Feb     First visit
3 Mar   First nesting material brought into box  
4 Mar   Nesting wriggle  
6 Mar Fight at box entrance    
27 Mar     Nesting wriggle
1 Apr   Male entices second female into the box
Quarrel between two females
 
4 Apr   First feather added to nest  
9 Apr First nesting material   First nesting material
12 Apr   Bess brings nesting material while Spikey already in box!  
15 Apr   The two females now tolerate each other  
18 Apr   Bird roosted in the box overnight for the first time  
20 Apr Floor of box nearly covered FIRST EGG!  A third bird, definitely female, in and out of nest box!  
21 Apr   Egg 2 (presumed)  
22 Apr   Egg 3  
23 Apr   Egg 4 (presumed)  
24 Apr   Eggs 5 & 6! Most of nest box floor covered
25 Apr   Eggs 7 & 8  
26 Apr Fight in box Eggs 9 & 10  
27 Apr No more interest shown in box Egg 11 Chris roosted in the box overnight for the first time
28 Apr   Egg 12  
29 Apr   Egg 13  
30 Apr   Egg 14 - partial incubation started at 4.20pm FIRST EGG! (presumed, not seen!)
1 May   Egg 15 - incubation started around mid-day Egg 2 (presumed - 1 seen)
2 May   Egg 16 - second female wants to incubate too! Egg 3 (seen)
3 May   Egg 17 - both females now roosting in box overnight Egg 4 (presumed).  Fight in box.
4 May     Egg 5 (presumed)
5 May     Egg 6
6 May     Egg 7 - incubation started
7 May     Egg 8 - John feeds Chris in the box
9 May   At least 19 eggs visible!  
12 May No visitors since 26 April    
14 May A female visitor - and a nesting wriggle! Peaceful co-operation between the two females - well most of the time anyway!  
15 May New female, Poppy, continues building nest    
16 May Roosting overnight
FIRST EGG! (presumed, not seen!)
First few eggs hatch (4?)  
17 May Egg 2 (presumed) Several more eggs hatch  
18 May Egg 3 (only 2 seen)   Still only 8 eggs
19 May Egg 4 (presumed)   Two eggs hatched first thing.  Five chicks by the end of the day
20 May Egg 5 8 chicks and 3 eggs visible  
21 May Egg 6 - partial incubation    
22 May Egg 7 - incubation started    
23 May Still just 7 eggs The 8 chicks are now covered with grey down  
24 May Still just the 7 eggs
Several visits from Patch, the male
Eyes opening - is either female roosting?  
25 May No more visits from Patch Neither hen bird is roosting in the nest box
Chicks now quite black - eyes not yet opened
 
26 May   All 3 parents in box together several times  
27 May   Chick explores outside the nest cup.  Spikey appears to be incubating the unhatched eggs!  
28 May   First chick dies  
30 May   Second chick dies  
31 May   First observed wing flapping  
1 Jun   One dead chick finally successfully removed
Again, three parents in box together
 
2 Jun   Second dead chick removed. 
Chicks plumage nearly completed
 
3 Jun Eggs start hatching - by end of day there are four. 
Still no sign of the male (Patch)
First chick fledged at 7.30pm  
4 Jun 6 chicks and 1 egg visible Two chicks fledge early, two just before 8.30am
The last one fledges at 8.46am
 
5 Jun Last egg hatched early in the morning
Still no Patch
Only one egg visible - where did all the unhatched eggs go?  
6 Jun 5 chicks alive early - 4 by evening    
7 Jun 4 still alive early - 3 by evening    
8 Jun Just 2 chicks still alive    
9 Jun One chick alive first thing - Poppy losing interest
Chick dead by the end of the day.
   
       
       

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