|Is breakfast ready?||A nice sharp beak||Open wide!|
This was the morning before I fitted a narrow metal entrance plate to protect the Blue Tit's nest. The blue tits continued bringing moss to their nest, these are from Friday:
|More nest material||Get in there!||Off again...|
|Blue tit posing||Leaping out & up||Dropping out|
More moss on Saturday:
|More for the nest||And more...||Off again|
But then, just before 5pm, an invasion began! Sound would have been great...
|Incoming rival||Or two.||Looks like a tree sparrow|
The blue tits got their nest back quickly that time, but the sparrows returned and one stood guard:
|Comfy.||Blue tit returns...||Surprise!|
The sparrow(s) continued to hold the nest undisputed for about an hour, perhaps occupying it in shifts. The Blue Tits did dispute this, but the occupying sparrow left at 6:30, just before the male woodpecker returned:
|Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker|
The dispute continued after the wood pecker left, with a sparrow in occupation until I arrived to fit a 25mm face plate (primarily to deter the wood peckers seen earlier in the week), which scared it off.
|Fitting nest box face plate|