Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

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Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown......The sad tale

Postby Gulliver » Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:35 pm

Gulliver put up a bluetit nestbox fitted with camera and sound, and has had bluetits nesting there every year since.
Last Monday (4th April), this years family moved in and have been furiously building ever since.

About the nest
The nestbox was bought in Lidl about 5 years ago. It's precast concrete, and as so is always perfectly dry. I have drilled out both sides and fitted windows to give extra light for the camera. The window is honeycombed plastic with UV protection bought for a couple of euros from an online specialist. I have also fitted a little piece of garden wire to give them a perch just under the entrance. I have faced the entrance south-east, mainly because it faces Gullivers kitchen window, but it works well. It does not get the early morning sun as it is shaded by the house.
The whole thing is mounted on a pole so that it is a cat-free zone.
I have options to display it on my PC, TV, or a projector. The projector gives a superb picture, even at very large size.
Sound feed is mono, and at this stage is mainly just the sound of scratching and building - but is great when the eggs hatch and the youngsters are being fed.
However, yesterday, there seemed to be a domestic dispute with lots of flapping etc, during which Mr Bluetit was banished from his house for a while. Peace was eventually restored.
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I have drilled out holes in the roof to fit a camera and cables. Camera is a Handykam colour camera by daytime which also has infra-red emitters which give a b/w picture at night.
Here is todays (9th April) pic of the half-completed nest. When it is complete, it will be lined with soft material - feathers etc., and will have a small central "cup" where the eggs are laid. I expect completion of the structure about midweek, and lining soon after, and next day, the first egg. Hopefully, this will be followed by an egg each day. During this period, the birds stay away from the nest most of the time - if they say on the eggs, the earliest eggs would hatch, whereas the parents want them all to hatch simultaneously. Will keep you posted on developments!!
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:00 pm

Now that is so cool Gulliver. :D What a set-up and well done to you. Can you stream the webcam live?
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby farmboy » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:02 pm

Thats fascinating Gulliver and a great idea. 8-)
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby spudseamus » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:41 am

great stuff!! more please ! :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:13 pm

Brilliant Gulliver. Had a box up some years ago and young nested,didn't have the brains to set up a camera though. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:35 pm

Denis Cromie wrote:Brilliant Gulliver. Had a box up some years ago and young nested,didn't have the brains to set up a camera though. :D

Denis - setting up is so simple.
Camera comes ready wired with about 50ft of cable - to plug directly into video in(yellow) and Audio in (white) in your telly. A little transformer like a phone charger powers the whole thing. In the nest, you need to mount the camera with one screw, and make a hole to let out the cable. Then just press the "source" button on your telly remote until it shows "AV" and you are live.
Connecting to a PC requires a wee USB to AV connector and some image capture software. Putting the camera online is a bit more tricky - I have not done that yet.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby grammer » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:19 pm

Gulliver put up a bluetit nestbox fitted with camera and sound, and has had bluetits nesting there every year since.
Last Monday (4th April), this years family moved in and have been furiously building ever since.


:D :D :D :D :D :D
thats class i have to say -congrats -
does Gulliver ( :D )have any idea why there seems to be very few magpies around this year or is it a bit early in the season
I miss their machine gun noises and the enjoyment of watching them giving the local cats a hard time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:16 am

grammer wrote:
does Gulliver ( :D )have any idea why there seems to be very few magpies around this year or is it a bit early in the season

A pal of mine who is a committed twitcher is currently doing his thesis on magpie habits. I have watched him trap a magpie in Blackrock and put it in a cage in a garden in Monkstown. The local Monkstown magpies react with extraordinary fury to the intruder - attempting to pull feathers etc. I think that if they had access to the intruder they would have killed it. Don't know why there are fewer of them around, but I'm glad of it. They are messy, dirty birds, and they frighten many others away. With no magpies around we have a profusion of wildlife in the garden this year.

Below is a pic of last years Bluetit nest full of eggs. Hope I do as well this year. However, last year, due to a spell of bad weather, the chicks did not make it to fledging stage.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:17 pm

Thanks Gulliver but I have difficulty plugging in the Tele. :lol:
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:47 pm

Mrs Bluetit laid first egg this morning, but has covered it up so I cannot get a good photo. Will try tomorrow.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:53 pm

Mrs Bluetit's behaviour this year is strange - reflecting the things happening in the rest of the country. I wonder if she knows something???

I posted that she had laid an egg on 14th, and then covered it up. That was a false report --- it appears that she had a bundle of feathers in the shape of an egg. She waited until Monday of this week to lay the first one, and has covered it up - but I am certain that it was an egg this time. Another one on each of Tue and Wed. There may have been one today, but we did not see it. She comes into the nest about 8.30 each evening, and leaves it about 6.00 each morning. So I have not been able to get a good pic in good light
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:57 pm

Love it. Keep us posted Gulliver. Great posts. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:24 am

Wonderful Gulliver. :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby JENNY WREN » Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:54 pm

brilliant that is something i would love to set up in our aviary :) :) :)
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:28 pm

Finally, I got half a shot of the eggs in the nest of our eccentric bluetit.
If any of you have watched the Mooney nestcam in Mary's backyard (Aras an Uactarain) you will have seen a tidy nest. This one is a wreck. I have named her Nancy Griffith ... she does her tidying "from a distance".
Here's the latest pic!!!!!!
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Firstly, you will see that it is somewhat out of focus - this appears to be because she has built up the nest so high that she is now too close to the camera. when she comes in, she fills the screen (she is in fact about 12cm beak to tail end and enters the nest via a 25cm (1 inch) hole). The nest is so built up that she can walk out of it, rather than having to jump out through the hole.
Secondly, she has made little attempt to shape it as a tidy cup and
Thirdly, she is still building... in previous years the sequence has clearly been (1) build, (2) lay, (3) hatch

You can see some eggs above, but I reckon that there might be 6 or more including those hidden from view

Will keep u posted
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:10 pm

Today (Easter Monday 25th April 2011) we can see 8 eggs
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Nancy Griffith (that's our bluetit's name) looks decidedly dishevviled after a spat with her spouse. She seems to be having these domestic rows a few times every day. The image is not helped by the fact that she has built up the nest so high that she is too close to the camera and therefore out-of-focus.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:35 pm

This is great stuff Gulliver. Pity about the "out of focus" problem. Is it true that if you touch those Eggs the Mother will abandon the nest?
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:19 am

Great stuff Gulliver. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:48 am

Now there are 10 (Tue 26th April) and still counting. She has not yet finished as she has not started to incubate the eggs. Incubation period is about 14 days. The eggs are about 12mm (0.5 inch) on the short dimension and 16mm on the ends.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:49 pm

She may not be tidy Gulliver but she can sure lay eggs.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby spudseamus » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:23 am

sure looks like a "Nice nest egg to me " :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:06 pm

Folks! I told you my nest behaviour was unusual, but I was not prepared for what happened next.

Earlier this week, I had a nest with 10 eggs, and Nancy Griffith (that's the birds name) sitting on it.
On Tuesday morning, when I looked on the camera, there was a second "cup" in the nest, and an egg in the second nest. Later in the morning, I spotted three birds in the nest, with much hissing and screaming - a major domestic battle. It seems likely that there are two females and one bigamous male, and that the two females are at different stages of production. By Wednesday morning there was a second egg in the new nest. Below is a photo in which you can see the hatching female on the left, and the second nest with two eggs on the right.
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More domestic arguments on Wednesday, followed by long absences of all birds. I feel that there is a danger that they might allow the eggs to cool too much, and lose the whole hatch.
I was on the RTE1 Mooney Show yesterday discussing it, and they agreed that although "immoral" behaviour by birds is not unknown, it is extremely unusual to get it on camera.

Today and yesterday, the whole nest is untidy, and I cannot see how many eggs.
All far more interesting than any royal wedding

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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Wed May 04, 2011 3:39 pm

Last time I posted, there were two nests in my nestbox, and three birds. Now, it appears that the second nest has been abandoned with 2 eggs in it, and those eggs have been obscured by feathers and other rubbish - see right side of photo, which is darker. However, on the left-most nest, there are now 15 eggs - and the mother is sitting on them up to 23-hours a day. She is fed every 10-15 minutes by Mr Bluetit. She has just popped out long enough to allow me to take a photo. I now expect hatching in up to 10 days from now.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby grammer » Wed May 04, 2011 6:39 pm

brilliant photos
15 eggs now thats something is'nt it????
Mother nature at her finest .
however father must have a right pain in his blue... from having to feed the mother every 15 mins
sorry -I could'nt resist that :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :D :D :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Thu May 05, 2011 2:21 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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