Webcam live pictures from a great tit nestbox
and a blue tit nestbox in Koenigsbronn

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Diary great tit nestbox:c
(Older entries are listed here!)
2018/04/09 - For the first time no great tit at home tonight
2018/04/11 - Starting nest-building
2018/04/17 - from today no over night great tit, but still sometimes here during the day
2018/10/28 - Late after a warm summer and autumn, the first visit of a great tit in the nestbox! Temperature at night marginal above 0C
2019/03/20 - Some moss in the box, nest-building begins
2019/03/25 - A piece of wood from behind the entrance lies in the moss. The great tit doesn't make it alone to get it out, so I climbed the ladder and helped out
2019/04/08 - The first egg
2020/03/18 - Best spring weather, the great tit begins to carry moss into the nestbox
2020/04/07 - First egg
2020/04/09 - Two eggs
2020/04/18 - Nine eggs, breeding begin
2020/04/19 - Ten eggs
2020/04/28 - First fledglings
2020/04/29 - Five youngsters
2020/04/30 - Eight!
2020/05/11 - Very low temperatures with night frost
2020/05/12 - One young bird after the other dies. Because of the frostiness?
2020/05/14 - This night the last great tit dies...
2020/05/21 - A new nest!
2020/05/25 - First egg
2020/05/31 - Seven eggs
2020/06/11 - The first fledgling
2020/07/02 - Two young birds fledge in the early morning!
2020/08/13 - A great tit builds a new nest, quite late in the year I think
2020/09/10 - Sometimes the great tit is in the nestbox and stays over night
2020/10/03 - Since today the great tit stays over night regularly

    Diary blue tit nestbox:
    2018/04/14 - from today no over night great tit in the blue tit nestbox
    2018/11/01 - a great tit in the blue tit nestbox
    2019/03/22 - The first pieces of moss in the blue tit nestbox!
    2019/05/17 - Two young bird fledged, no over night guest in winter
    2020/04/01 - Great tits begin to build a nest, the narrow entrance doesn't bother them
    2020/04/07 - Since tonight the great tit stays over night
    2020/04/13 - Six eggs
    2020/04/15 - Eight eggs, breeding begin
    2020/04/26 - Two young birds
    27.04.2020 - Six young birds
    14.05.2020 - Four chicks fledge
    17.05.2020 - The other two ones are waiting and fledge today
    14.11.2020 - Since today a great tit stays over night in the nextbox

Hereinafter the both b/w live cameras, built in at the top of the nestboxes, more than 20 years old, work good with IR light. Connected to a small AXIS videoserver for the internet. and here some addational infos.

great tit nestbox blue tit nestbox (currently with great tits)
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blue tit nestbox


Who "shows up", and when?

March to april: nest-building, great tit stays over night in the nestbox.
May: if you are lucky, breeding the eggs and fly out of the fledglings.
June to september: the nestbox is normally empty.
October to february: when it's getting noticable colder at night, a great tit spent the nights every year. When it dawns the bird "comes home", cleans its feathers and sleeps until sunrise.
Nistkasten
garden environment around the nestboxes
This timetable is a quite good orientation. If the sky is clear the displayed sunset time matches with the homecoming of the great tit, mostly a bit later. If it's cloudy or even bad weather, often much earlier.

In a short movie is show how the last young bird survived in 2010. On 2010/05/29 it looks out of the nestbox, working up the courage to fly out. Slow motion shows quite good their flaps.
The movie is recorded with the nestbox-cam and a SONY HDR-HC9 HDV camcorder.

The next movie shows the activities in the nestbox 2014. On march 13 the nest-building begins and on 2014/05/12 nine young great tits fledge!
The movie is recorded with the nestbox-cam and a Panasonic HC-X929 AVCHD camcorder.

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updated: 2021-01-09