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Newbie question - Blue Tits near NEsting Box (1 Viewer)

Silentmover

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Hello
I have just joined today specifically as I o:Dam concerned about two blue tits near nesting box in tree.
I put nesting box there 10 years ago and it has never had anything go into it.
A month ago I checked it and nothing.
Today we had tree surgeons in to lop off the tops of our leylandii and it did expose the nesting box to the light but did expose it on the sides.
I looked up just now and saw two blue tits - one was poking its head into the nesting box possibly feeding? or sussing it out. The other was flitting from one branch to another looking like it was protecting the other bird and had all its feathers really fluffed out.
I am concerned that the work chopping off the tops of the trees may have disturbed them and that there may be eggs in there which are going to hatch.
How do I check and should I check the box?
I am not a bird watcher but am very interested in them and the conservation of them (bless em as they are God's little creatures).
I am unsure what to do?
any help appreciated
o:D
 

Andy Bright

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England
Hi and welcome to birdforum. I would advise against checking on the nest box other than observing from a distance for a few days. Never be too eager to physically check a nest box.

It's quite early in the year still so I'm not sure there will be eggs or nestlings at the moment, even though Bournemouth may have milder weather than most. That said, it's early in the year and they will have plenty of time for more broods if the first one fails.

There may be more accurate advice from others though.

regards,
Andy
 

delia todd

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Hi Silentmover and a warm welcome from me too.

I agree with Andy, leave them be for now and watch and wait. See what happens. You could try and encourage them to stay by feeding them... mealworms always go down a treat and they can feed up on them before going to get food for the youngsters if they manage to raise a family.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.
 

KC Foggin

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Welcome aboard Silentmover and please join in wherever you like ;)
 

Kits

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Welcome to Birdforum! I'm sure you'll find lots to interest you here, and I hope you enjoy your visits.
 

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