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Old Monday 5th May 2003, 13:44   #1
Euan Buchan
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for the past 2 days ive not seen my Great Tits goin in and out my box u they theyve finished the nest? sor somethin has scared them of ? no one has come near it so i don't no. i think they r laying their eggs but i dunno wot do u think
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Old Monday 5th May 2003, 13:56   #2
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Hi Euan,

When tits have finished building the nest and laid their eggs - round about now - they tend to be quite secretive. One of the pair will be incubating, and the other only needs to visit it with food every couple of hours or so. So to see that they're still there, you might have to watch the box constantly for a solid two hours or more.

Maybe even longer if the clutch is not complete and the female is still laying - each egg is laid at dawn a day later than the previous, and the eggs are not incubated until the clutch is complete. So while laying is going on, there will be NO birds visiting the box at all for 23 hours 50 minutes - and the ten minutes will be at 05.00 or something like that!

This low visiting frequency is of course very good for the safety of the nest, it makes it hard for predators to find it.

So no need to be worried!

Michael

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well i did see 1 poking his head of and fly away but not see him return so i was relived to see that i thaught my dad moaing the lawn scared them off but i always look at my box thanks for the info
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