Nesting bluetits


I have a nest box which was used last year successfully by bluetits.

This year I have a camera in the box and have seen them working very hard building a nest - finishing off with feathers about 2 weeks ago !

Since then there has been very little activity during the day, but the nest box is occupied every night by a BT.

Does this mean that the nest has been abandoned or is there still a chance that the female will start laying ?



  • Hi Keith,   I would say it's a little late in the season now for a blue tit to start laying eggs as we're around the time when blue tits would begin fledging.  It would take around five weeks from laying eggs to fledging which would mean July if she laid eggs now  - in which case that would exceptionally and unnaturally late.       Perhaps an early attempt failed at nesting in which case they decided to try again and the female built a new nest in the box but perhaps the tit may now be using the nest just to roost in instead.   Only time will tell !!     At least you can keep watch on the camera which is good.  

    For interest here is some information on their natural breeding times.  


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Need some advice! Have had blue tits nesting for a few weeks now and have enjoyed listening to the chicks chirping away when mum & dad come to feed them. Came down this morning to find sparrow coming out of nestbox, have not heard any sound from box so thought all were dead. Mum and dad have been flying back and forth frantically hopping around the floor and it seems one has survived, fully feathered but not able to fly yet, currently taking shelter under/in one of the bushes. Will it be okay out of the nest, mum & dad still feeding it.