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Romance is in the Air…

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Romance is in the air in the bird world too, but sadly it’s leading to housing disputes!

Some of you may remember, about two or three years ago, we bought a nesting box with a camera from the RSPB shop at Carsington. No bird has shown any interest in it at all, apart from possibly just the occasional fleeting pause by the odd blue tit, as it flew past in spring.

This box has ‘sparrow’ written all over it

However, it pays not to despair if you’re a human waiting for the nesting box to be claimed. Recently we have had some sparrows in the garden, and during the last two days a pair of these visitors has started to hunt fairly urgently for a home together, even briefly considering the wheel arch of one of our guest’s cars. They have shown great interest in the vacant and previously spurned nesting box. This seems to have sparked an instant reaction from our blue tits, who suddenly seem to see in the box the home of their dreams.

The Blue Tt is laying claim to the Orchard Farm camera/nesting box

This is plainly our nesting box!

Who will succeed? And one wonders at what stage one pair will concede defeat.

John has managed to snap some of the attempts to claim possession, which this morning ended in a serious altercation which unfortunately he did not manage to capture. Both pairs have taken to posting themselves within sight, whether on the Rambling Rector beside the box, or the gutter on Tom’s Barn roof above.

Now we just have to hope, whichever pair succeeds, that we can get the camera to work!

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