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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: winter bird boxes Reply with quote

Do bluetits use bird boxes during winter to shelter
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this current cold-spell, I have, by chance, seen a blue-tit fly into a previously unused nestbox, and after about 5 minutes fly out again, so I have to assume that it is possible the bird has been using it for shelter. I really can't spend hours watching a single nestbox, so I can't tell you any more ! But a blue-tit it definitely was.......
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have the birds weathered the cold spell that just hit? I heard that snipes were hard hit as they couldn't fly. Usually, the woods and shrubs are shelter for them but the unheard of conditions cause concern for the lack of foraging matter they rely on for winter feed. Our furnace has broken and the water was shut off to prevent the pipes cracking. Wouldn't you know it would happen right at Christmas to annoy anyone from coming out to fix the mess. The weather looks to be rising above the freezing mark shortly though.
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