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Blue tit chicks killed in birdbox. Should the nest be removed (1 Viewer)

birdboxcamera

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Hi
Apologies for the blunt title there but I’m unsure what to do.
I built a birdbox in January with a camera internally and within days some Bluetits were visiting. 5 months later, they built a nest and there were 9 chicks and one unhatched egg. About 1 1/2 weeks into the chicks being born, 6 had gone. I just assumed they had died and the birds had taken them out of the box. But then the following evening the three other chicks were pecked/killed/eaten. The identification is difficult to what bird killed the chicks, due to the resolution been low and it has a purple hue, due to being a night vision cam. The purpose of the box was to get my 4yo invloved, which it did, so the resolution was not high on the list, as I was unsure if any birds would visit. But it looks to be either a larger Bluetit or a Sparrow, as there are loads of Sparrows in the area.

The Bluetits visited for two more days, firstly to keep bringing food and then to sit on the dormant egg and now they have not been for two days.

I feel like I should clean the nest out but I read the birds can nest a couple of times a year and I don’t want to spook them but I also don’t want to put others off visiting.

The box is up in the eaves of the house. Should I clean out or leave and hope the bluetits or other birds will visit?

thanks
 

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