The birds in my garden have it good with me! Especially much attention I pay to my blue tits. Now I have hung a new nesting box for them on the wall of the house.

Whenever I see a blue tit, I have to smile. Because she reminds me of a far-off Sunday morning when I was staring out the window in the kitchen, completely exhausted and disheveled, wondering if my next days and nights with the kids would continue to be so exhausting. And then I saw HER: a little blue tit, just as disheveled as I was, hanging out on the fence across from the window, breathing heavily. For minutes. I knew she was in the middle of feeding time, because I had been watching her for days, frantically darting back and forth to feed the little gang in the nest box on the wall of my house. And when I saw her squatting there I really had to laugh and felt very attached to her.

Last year I had to dispose of the nesting box. It had fallen down and was no longer usable. So I had to get a new one quickly.

The right nesting box for a blue tit

Blue tits, like coal and fir tits, are full cavity breeders. This means that they prefer a home with a small, round entrance hole. Experiments have shown that blue tits are just as smart as great tits. But when it comes to nesting sites and food, they are usually physically inferior to the self-confident great tits. In this respect, I have hung a nesting box whose flight hole has a diameter of only 28 mm – too narrow for the larger species relative!

Blue tits move into the nest box

Already a few days after hanging the nest box it was visited several times by a pair of blue tits. The offer of good homes in L√ľneburg is apparently also rare in the bird world. They inspected it very carefully. And me? I was a little irritated. Because they were eagerly picking out the wood around the entrance hole. Vandalism?!? Fortunately not, but the next day there was a lot of construction noise! Knock, knock, knock the whole day! I’m very curious how it will go on the next few days 🙂

By the way: Looking for an apartment is a man’s job with the blue tits! And it also happens quite often that a male moves into the nest box with two bird ladies. Cool! I always wanted to have unconventional neighbors 😉

I liked the nesting box right away. Because it has a 28 mm entrance hole suitable for blue tits. But also fir, marsh and crested tits can easily slip through there. The nesting box was built from 100% FSC certified fir wood. The dimensions of the nest box are 30 cm high, 20 cm wide and 23 cm deep. Behind the cleaning flap of the nest box is a grid on the bottom, which can be pulled out for cleaning the nest box in October. I was pleased to see that dowels and screws were included.

Blue Tits: Loving bird family in a clean home

In the period from March to August, the blue tit breeds once or twice. On average, a female lays about six to fourteen eggs. The shell of the eggs is light brown and decorated with reddish-brown spots.

The young birds grow up on a nest made of fur and hair, feathers, moss and straw. Blue tits very lovingly take care of the offspring together and also their home. They love a clean nest and regularly remove droppings. And the chicks help out by stretching their rumps upwards. This way, the parents can carry out the droppings faster and better.