but weather is always bad; wind, showers, hail.
She continues to adapt
her nest meticulously, here moving a sprig, there rejecting another
sprig, this time
directly right down the nesting box. She does not leave; she just
head by the entry and drops the sprig. It is a good idea in this bad
weather; moreover it gains time.
She tries the center of
the nest, lengthily.
The floor is still seen. She spreads out the straw over the entire nest. Then, the following day, she arranges the sprigs in a circle, with the largest outside and always keeping an empty circle in the center of the nest.
Compared to the last year nest, it seemed that that the one of this year, had less moss and much more straw. And moreover, we thought that the nest was in advance and would be finished well before the 2006 one. To check it I compared with the pictures of the nest of 2006 at the same date. It is startling; the memory is quite inaccurate…
Here at left, the 21 March 2006 nest... ...and at right the 21 March 2007 nest.
Perhaps there where more threads and feathers in 2006… but there are sprigs in both and they are similar if one disregard the differences in colour due to differences in lighting and centering of the photograph. The advance of the nest seems very similar. See the 22 March images.
and all changes. 59 visits at 15h. He sings, she works.
Monsieur (note the wing position) comes to admire accomplished work. The scene takes 16 seconds, between 7h 49m 41 and 7h 49m 58.
Yea, not bad.
I think I heard someone.
A second latter.
Now lets put a little order.
Moment of mellow and try. More and more often.
morning. The wind has finally relented.
But in this beautiful morning, all-happy Ulysses, Penelope accepts him closer and closer for pretty private tete-a-tete. She roosts upside down to a small branch, and he alights, claws to claws, over her. I did not succeed to take them in picture this morning, too bad.
This a picture form the last year, from 9 Ppril 2006.
Since early this morning, 7h30, she does ceaseless coming and going to bring materials.
At 9h30 she makes a round trip each two minutes. She has found a true hoard.
In the foreground the feather is in place.
In the construction of the nest, the carcass seems completed. Now begins the phase of finer materials. The brushwood is finer. Its nest will become softer.
An arrival, brushwood in the beak.
Cold (4°), rain and wind. A very bad day. The weather is dark and cold.
The sparrows prepare their nest. Like last year, the sparrows like very much my asparagus, they mowed it. It must be now the fundament of a nest. I must consider putting something larger.
Relatively little visits all the day, 37. During the afternoon weather is so bad that we do not see anybody for long periods, during two hours from 16h to 18h.
In spite of weather, she continues to bring fine materials, particularly feathers which she which by chance she found dry.
morning, a little more overcast in the afternoon,
He wanted to see into the nesting box but, curiously and contrary to his habits, he did not perch himself to the door to look inside. Why this timidity? He tried to see through the entry hole perched on a small branch of the birch.
Then, as still he did not see well, he perched on the roof of the nesting box and looked suspended by a leg to the top of the nesting box. Why not, isn't, when you are a titmouse?
The center of the nest is now filled; we do not see anymore the wood. For several days now, she has not shuffled with its wings, materials to pack them. She makes only some minor adaptations.
We see very distinctly the form of the bowl of the nest: a space in the center with the shape of her body and, around, a solid padding where she can perch and where she will place to nourish her chicks.
Relaxed, a leg ensures the safety, the other a good support, him in its usual position to look what happens inside.
The image is in infra-red, because we seldom put the lighting, and we avoid it especially in the evening. When day is sunny, light entering by the door is enough to take pictures or videos from 11h through 15h without too many problems. Lighting is used only for short periods.
Superb day, at last. Very blue sky.
Today is a white dawn day.
A bearded titmouse!
The center of the nest is not situated in the center of the nesting box, but in the sun spot which enters through the entry hole between about 10h30 and 14h30. In the same place as the previous year. But this year, the position of the camera was forestalled. Is this position a random choice or the will to benefit from the sun? The photographs are in natural light.
Day's activities? Pick at the entry hole. Our window was partially open today, and we heard TAC TAC TAC of its beak!
In the nest, she always replaces a small brushwood, a moss, a feather. It is never perfect Watch VIDEO (208Ko, 15s)