Over the past few days the Great Tits had been making more frequent and longer visits to the camera nest box so I was hoping it would be chosen again this year. Mid afternoon Monday saw the female Great Tit start fetching material to build a nest. This is a cut down version of some of the activity. Sometimes she would spend five minutes pushing the material around the bottom of the box. At one stage the male nearly got dive bombed as he was blocking the entrance to the box when she returned. As the female is the one with new feathers growing on her head it is easy to spot which is which.
This photograph I took last year after the youngsters had flown the nest will give an idea of how much work there is yet to do in making a cosy nest.
Just a quick visit was made by both to the box yesterday but a few rain showers seemed to put an end to nest building for a while. Heavy rain today so it will be a while before suitable nest building material will be available again.
Monk Seals, the Desertas Islands, Madeira
55 minutes ago