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how do you encourage blue tits to nest

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Old Friday 4th May 2007, 19:16   #1
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how do you encourage blue tits to nest

hello . we have just moved house and have been extremley lucky to have been left abox for blue tits to nest in . is there any way to encourage blue tits to nest there, from what i understand baconrind is great for them to feed on.
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Old Saturday 5th May 2007, 19:11   #2
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It's too late for this year. Blue tits breed only once in April/May and already have eggs or young. Feeding through the winter (sunflower seeds in a feeder are preferred to anything else) will encourage a pair to breed nearby, but as long as you have a suitable nest site and plenty of caterpillar-friendly vegetation within 50-100 yards (oak, hawthorn, blackthorn, birch, rose) then you'll probably attract a pair unless they have a beter nest site elsewhere in their territory. The feed their young on caterpillars almost exclusively, so no amount of extra artificial food will make much difference, as it's caterpillars that is the limiting factor.
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Old Sunday 6th May 2007, 08:34   #3
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It's too late for this year. Blue tits breed only once in April/May and already have eggs or young.
There's a pair still carrying a lot of nest material into a box in our next-door-neighbours garden, so possibly not too late up here.

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Hi

the blue tits in next doors nest box seem to be taking seeds to their young. Presumably caterpillars are scarce here at the moment. I do have a few hawthorn bushes. I've tried providing mealworms in a starling-proof feeder but the sparrows get there first (I love sparrows but wish they'd share a bit more).
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We have tried several boxes in different areas. We have success year after year with 1 box but it's hit & miss with the others. I conclude that the direction it faces must influence the birds-the one that always has success faces north-east - interested to know if anyone else thinks the same.
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it's well established that they avoid boxes facing west or south west (prevailing wind and rain). North through to south east are the preferred directions.

Birds that have lost their nest will try again until June, but most are already feeding young.
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Also site the box as high as you can.

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