Hordle’s Spring Watch

We are delighted to share some fantastic news!

Just before the Easter holidays, a bird box was positioned in the Children’s Garden (just between Team Hawkhill and Team Deerleap). With a camera discreetly situated inside the box, we will be able to give you regular updates about any new inhabitants. The good news is that the latest pictures show a nest is being built inside our bird box! Have a look at the images below:

Although we have caught sight of the Blue Tit, we haven’t yet been able to capture a photo of her inside her new home as she is extremely busy going in and out to collect nesting materials. As part of our Spring Watch, we would like to find out as much as we can about Blue Tits. Can you help? If you find out any interesting facts about Blue Tits, send them along to the Hordle Blog!

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34 Responses to Hordle’s Spring Watch

  1. fiona.adams says:

    I’m so excited about our latest Hordle resident! I’m finding it quite difficult to get any work done. I’m a a little bit annoyed that Miss Trim has seen the blue tit making her nest twice but I haven’t seen her once! However, it’s been lovely to see the nest taking shape each day. To begin with it was just a few twigs but today she’s started feathering her nest. I think you can just see them on the photo.
    If you research any interesting facts about blue tits please post them so we can all learn more. I have realised I don’t know much about these beautiful birds.
    Have any of you got birds nesting in your gardens?
    (I’m going to have another look at the bird-cam now just in case she’s back!)

  2. Emma R says:

    I am so excited too! I haven,t seen her either even though I sit quite near to the window. In my opinion I think having a bird cam in a wonderful idea and having a birds nest in the tiny area is a great idea too!

  3. Alex W says:

    Wow this is absolutely great, new inhabitants since the Borrowers. However,I don’t think that these birds will be creating any small rooms. Furthermore, if the birds are spotted on the ‘Bird Cam’ then that should be a big surprise for all of us in Deerleap & Hawkhill. Finally, the birds will have a nice and humble quiet place for them to create a nest to make their baby birds.

  4. Mr Croutear says:

    We feel most privileged having the screen positioned right outside of our classroom! Certainly my class were most intrigued when Mr Pritchard was installing it but there have certainly been a few moments of awe and wonder as we have spotted the bird flitting (ooohh there’s a good verb) in and out of the box to build the nest!

    Of course, anybody is welcome (with their teacher’s permission) to come and take part in ‘Spring Watch’ but the Deerleap & Hawkhill pupils will be sure to keep everybody posted.

  5. Maisie W says:

    I love the idea of a bird cam,what i would like to KNow is who came up with this wonderful idea hhhhhmmmmmm? Althouge the bird cam is a fab idea, if one day the camera maybe brakes then we may scare away the bird by getting our hands in the nest to remove the cam and fix it.

  6. Abigail R says:

    Blue Tits can grow up to about 11-12cm. During summer the Blue Tit feeds mainly on insects, which it searches for on the tips of shoots and twigs. A clutch can contain up to fourteen eggs, laid daily, with incubation starting when the clutch is almost complete. The young chicks are usually fed with caterpillars and are able to fly within three weeks. It is a very lively and agile bird that can cling onto objects at amazing angles in order to feed.

  7. Annabelle W says:

    Blue Tits, usually resident birds, are widespread and a common breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands with a high proportion of oak. They usually nest in tree holes, although they easily adapt to nest boxes where necessary. The main rival for nests and search for food is the much larger Great Tit.

    The Blue Tit prefers insects and spiders for their diet. Outside the breeding season, they also eat seeds and other vegetable-based foods. Blue Tits are famed for their skill, as they can cling to the outermost branches and hang upside down when looking for food.

  8. Stephanie F says:

    We have many bird feeders in our garden and I am going to keep a close eye on all the Blue Tits and what they eat! Also, I know that Blue Tits tend to stick in pairs so there may be more than we think.

  9. Alice M says:

    I am so excited to have baby chicks in our school ! I wonder if they will come back next year? Why don’t we name them, imagine if they started pecking at the camera! I can’t wait to see them start eating!!!

  10. Elise M says:

    I am so exited to have a bird nesting in our school. I wonder if we will catch a glimps of it?

  11. Simon C says:

    A great idea to watch the birds nesting in the bird box. I wonder if we will see any eggs or maby some chicks.

  12. Paige S says:

    Wow,having baby chicks in our school will be wonderful, I think we should name them.I wonder if they come back and we get more baby chicks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  13. Isabelle H says:

    I am so excited that baby chicks are in are school and that the carma that is connected to the TV is right outside our classroom (Team Deerleap ) I wonder if we could name them and if they will come back next year and the year after. What bugs might they bring into there cosy bird house!! Lets see what they do.

  14. M Oliver says:

    Everybody at school is excited about these birds nesting.However my Grandad thinks that in my familys birdbox we could have a Blue Tit nesting.Isnt this just amazing?

  15. Alice C says:

    I agree with Alex, new inhabitants in our school is very exciting! I love the fact how Mr.Croutear has managed to fit a camera in to watch the nest take shape each day! Well done on commenting on this segment! Keep blogging!

  16. Patchouli P says:

    I agree with Isabelle I think we should name them! I wonder if we will find a unique,magnificent new species of bird like we were writing in our English today!?

  17. Emma R says:

    By having a bird cam it makes our school a unique and diffrent place!!

  18. G Chloe says:

    This has been so fun i have enjoyed last term so much.

  19. Chloe S says:

    Hooray! Even more inhabitents! I wonder why they keep coming to our school? I am so exited and fairly curious because we don’t yet know which type of bird was nesting.

  20. Jasmine L says:

    This is so exciting Hordle have their own little babies! Awwww! I wondered if anyone has seen what the birds look even though we know that it is a blue tit family. And if any of the teachers see it could they maybe post it onto the blog so all of the pupils could see it as not many people come up to the upper juniors between Hawkhill and Deerleap. So it is just an idea you don’t actuually have to do it if you don’t want. Well done there is loads of comments on this segmant. Keep blogging!

  21. Alice C says:

    Blue Tits are commonly known as resident birds, and are usual breeders. Blue Tits have a 12-14cm wingspan. They are incredibly light and weigh approximately 11g! The male Blue Tit is brighter than the female Blue Tit. When they are very excited,they raise a short crest on their nape.

  22. Maisie W says:

    I haven’t yet experienced being able to watch the cute little bird build it’s nest but i expect it’s fab.Although i love the watch tv/camera, but for some unusual technical problem the tv won’t work hmmm (maybe the borrowers are back but snipping cables this time so wath out)!

  23. Emily P says:

    Due to the fact i havent yet seen the blue tit in the box,i have seen the nest and i looks like they are making a very good job of it!

  24. G Chloe says:

    The birds must spend a lot of time making nests.

  25. Libby J says:

    I cant believe we have got a nest in our bird box( next to Deerleap) ! It will be so amazing if the blue tit lays eggs and we get to see them hatch! We are so lucky to have to be able to see what is happening in the bird house! Hopefully something interesting will happen soon!

  26. Jonathan D says:

    This bird box is a good thing to do actully, because when the eggs hatch BINGO!!!. But baby pigoens are actully rare in EUROPE?

  27. Elise M says:

    I saw the blue tit on Friday on the moniter on the way back from our school photo!

  28. Libby J says:

    I have got some amazing news to tell you…..The bird box has 9 eggs in! It was just this morning ( when I came to school) that I realised their was a mother bird keeping her nine blue eggs warm! Further more, a male bird keepsflying in to pass on worms for the bird to eat and then gluiding off to find some more food. It is amazing! I was saying on saturday that it would be nice if something interesting happened, and now eggs have appeared! What a coincidance!

  29. Elliott D says:

    Have you seen the eggs in the bird house now there are about 9-10 eggs wow!!!

  30. Libby J says:

    Hopefully we will be able to see the eggs hatch soon!

  31. Jonathan D says:

    Of the bird family, my favourite is the bob tailed tit. Due to the fact that, when they land, well at the same time they reach the ground they bob there tail up and down.

    And thankyou upper junior teachers for gving me a WII token for THURDAY. 26/4/12!!!!.

  32. Lewis T says:

    Another part of the Hordle School family it’s getting bigger and bigger!

  33. Stephanie F says:

    I am still so suprized that our freind, and a part of our school, is still with us. It is probably because we are all very, very friendly.

  34. Katie W says:

    WOW having baby chicks is amazing! Having a new resdent in our school means that we need to keep a close eye out. We will need to be quiet around that area then.

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