Those of us who have raised children will know the demand the ‘little darlings’ can place on us. Then spare a thought for the Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) parents. An average brood is 7 or 8 and I have read that each chick will be fed around 100 times a day! Those adults are run ragged and their plumage soon gets a bit scruffy.
When we moved here almost two years ago I brought one of our old nest boxes with us and put it on the north facing end of my workshop. Last spring, much to my surprise, a pair of Blue Tits took advantage and raised a brood (only one per year), this year they, or another, are back so I thought I would try and snap some comings and goings.
The chicks will remain in the nest for about three weeks. Then they will emerge, usually in the early morning, they quickly disperse to learn to fend for themselves. Survival rate is not that high hence the large broods.
The type of nest box is called ‘Woodcrete’ by Schwegler. Though they are slightly expensive they will out last all other types and offer perfect insulation for the nesting birds and are easy to clean at the end of the season. They are available for most species who use cavities to nest in.