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Hi, we’ve had a nesting box up for a few years and keep meaning to put a camera in. I’ve noticed today a lot of activity with 2 blue tits flying back and forth. Some pecking at the entrance, going in etc. My question is, have I left it too late to fit a camera? Would me doing this now put the birds off coming back? I’ve waited so long for this!!
Hello Katy and welcome to the site from up in Caithness at the very top of Scotland. At the moment the birds will be inspecting the boxes to find a suitable one to nest in, flying in and out, pecking around the opening etc. I would say that you could put a nest camera in the box as they are only inspecting at the moment, not nesting. Once any material is taken to build a nest, then it is not alloweded to interfere until September time. Hopefully someone with a bit more knowledge regards the camera will answer you. If you look at a post earlier on today, (Great Tits Inspecting Nest Box, a few posts under this one) there was a question regarding a camera and nest boxes, and a very good answer was given. Good luck.
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