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Blue tit clutch dead in bird box ๐Ÿ˜ข (1 Viewer)

I live in Somerset near the levels on a campsite surrounded by open countryside. I have spent a lot of time recently bird watching and taking photos. I have a few feeders hanging in the hedge behind my caravan so I can view them in comfort and have been thrilled at the variety of birds that come to visit.
I had a go at making a bird box about a month ago and put it up before I had to go away on a trip. I was chuffed to discover blue tits had taken up residence when I returned. IMG_20210511_145113104~2.jpg
I watched the activity of the parents with joy, knowing that the eggs must have hatched. A couple of days ago while I was out the gardener came round cutting the grass I had pointed out the bird box to him and now wish I told him to steer well clear of it.
I saw no activity all day yesterday except first thing in the morning when an adult flew to the box went in and came out again very quickly onto a branch then back in and out almost like it was confused.
I took a peek inside this morning fearing the worst and yes unfortunately they're all dead, which is heartbreaking.
Could it have been the fumes/noise from the petrol mower?
Seeing an adult yesterday morning with food suggests they didn't abandon the nest, I saw a woodpecker yesterday on my feeder
Is there any chance that if I clear the box and clean it other birds will move in, or is it too late now?
I would appreciate any advice or info

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Mono

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It could have been all manner of reasons. The most likely are disease and cold. Blue tits will nest in all manner of busy places and don't seem unduly bothered by humans. It has been rather cold this spring and the whilst feeding chicks the adults are often conflicted between finding food and brooding the young.

Even with a cleaned out box it is unlikely that it will be reused this season most breeding has started for this year and blue tits usually only have one brood a year.
 
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