Live view of nest boxes in Cookstown, N.Ireland.
- Box 1 was claimed by a pair of Great Tits, but was later abandoned.
- Box 2 was is now empty. Three chicks successfully fledged.
- Box 3 has one adult still roosting. Three chicks successfully fledged.
|2013-08-13:||No adults returned to either box tonight. They're all gone!|
All the cameras have been switched off now. I'll keep an eye on them over the winter to see if anything roosts in them.
|2013-08-11:||Box 2 is empty at night now, the adults have left for Africa. There's still a single adult roosting in Box 3 tonight but even that one will be gone soon.|
|2013-07-29:||And the last chick has gone! It fledged this-morning four days after the other two. The parents are still roosting in both boxes but soon even they will leave for Africa.|
|2013-07-25:||A thunderstorm stopped the cameras recording last night, and when I switched them back on this-morning there was only 1 chick in Box 2! Two have fledged. This last one should be gone very shortly too.|
|2013-07-20:||And the last chick in Box 3 has gone. The parents should still return for a few more weeks.|
The chicks in Box 2 are all still there, but should start leaving this week.
|2013-07-18:||Two chicks have fledged from Box 3! Just one left.|
|2013-07-15:||Still six chicks, still doing really well. There's a huge amount of interest in the outside world now, and a lot of wing stretching and flapping. The chicks in Box 3 might be gone soon!|
|2013-06-24:||All six chicks are doing well. The chicks in Box 3 are looking like proper little Swifts now. The younger Box 2 chicks have their eyes opened now, and a good covering of feathers.|
|2013-06-16:||There are definitly three chicks in Box 2.|
|2013-06-15:||Difficult to count the chicks in Box 2, the parents are keeping them well covered. There seem to be two, with one unhatched egg.|
|2013-06-13:||There is at least one chick in Box 2! The parents are keeping them well covered, so I'm not sure exactly how many yet.|
|2013-06-12:||The chicks in Box 3 appear to have all hatched and are feeding well. It's a bit tricky to count them, so I can't be sure if all three are still there. Still no chicks in Box 2 but that should change very shortly.|
Update: Definitly three healthy chicks in Box 3.
|2013-06-07:||Box 3 now has at least one chick! It shouldn't take long for all the eggs to hatch.|
|2013-05-30:||Incubation has begun in both boxes. There are definitely three eggs in Box 3, with at least two but probably three in Box 2.|
|2013-05-24:||A second egg for the pair in Box 2.|
|2013-05-22:||There is at least one egg in Box 2. The camera angle makes it a bit tricky to see if it's the only one.|
|2013-05-18:||A second egg for Box 3 today. Still none for the Box 2 pair.|
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|2013-05-16:||The pair in Box 3 have their first egg!|
|2013-05-15:||The video from Box 3 became very distorted a few days ago. I had to climb up to the boxes to repair it - and desite choosing a moment when there where no swifts visible I still managed to get noticed. A single swift (likely one of the pair in Box 3) made a very close flyby of my head. After a very quick repair the video is back to normal, and thankfully both birds are back in the box.|
|2013-05-10:||The Swift in Box 2 has been joined by its partner! Unusually it hung outside the entrance for about 10 minutes before entering, with only its head in the box. Even in the box it stayed at the entrance for another 10 minutes or so before joining the other Swift on the nest.|
|2013-05-09:||A single Swift has returned to Box 2! Hopefully its partner will appear soon.|
Box 1 also got a visit from a Great Tit today. I don't think there's any chance of a nest there now but I'll keep an eye out.
|2013-05-04:||Box 2 is now online, sorta. The image is very hazy - that lens is covered in dirt either from the swifts or a spider. To say I'm not a fan of spiders is an understatement. It's going to be an interesting experience opening up that box to clean it, while up a ladder...|
Update: No spiders, yay! Camera in Box 2 has been cleaned and the image is much better. I've also replaced the camera in Box 3 and just minutes after putting the box back up a pair where in. I didn't even have the ladder down.
|2013-05-02:||Well this is disappointing, Box 1 appears to have been abandoned. The Great Tit pair are still around but they just don't have any interest anymore - unless this is a different pair? I'm really not sure. But it looks like it's up to the Swifts now.|
|2013-04-28:||Lots happening today. The male Great Tit fed the female inside the nest box this-morning, and not long after she started bringing in some nest material. Nest building has begun in Box 1!|
And a very unexpected visit to Box 2 by at least one Swift - I really didn't think they'd be in the boxes so soon after returning to the town, normally they take a few weeks. Those boxes are offline as I was still in the process of replacing the cameras.
|2013-04-27:||Now the Swifts are back! About 8 where seen flying above the house. I'd better get those cameras online soon...|
|2013-04-25:||And we're back! Welcome to the 2013 season, starting later than usual.|
Right now there is a pair of Great Tits visiting Box 1 each morning. The female has been doing some nest wiggles, a move which helps shape the nest. There's no nest material yet but this is a good sign that she's thinking about building.
I've not spotted any Swifts over Cookstown yet, but there are reports of them arriving nearby so hopefully they'll be here soon.
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