We put a Birch wood nest box up in the tree outside our shop when we first arrived, and placed feeders for fat balls, peanuts, mixed seed and niger seed in the trees too.
After 3 or 4 hours, a Blue Tit had already claimed the nest box, and over the next few weeks we saw there were now two Blue tits commonly there. Although it's too high up to see inside, we hoped they were beginning to nest, as one kept taking food to the other. Over the past couple of days, we have observed at least one parent flitting back and forth between our feeders and the nest box, even several times a minute!
With around 8-12 eggs, sometimes up to 16 per nest, it's fair to say that the parents aren't looking their best, and we don't blame them! We got up on a ladder near to the nest box, and sure enough, we could here the little chicks chirping away inside!
Watching them for longer, you can see that sometimes the parents don't leave empty handed. They are very quick, but we did manage to photograph a parent leaving, and you can see it's a faecal sac that it's carrying. Although a little unpleasant, it's good to see they're keeping their nest tidy for their chicks, and being attentive parents!
So far on our feeders we've seen Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Blue Tits, Sparrows, Green Finch, Gold Finch, Black Birds, Jays, Red Polls & Nut Hatch just to name a few!