We have a Sparrow apartment box placed on the gable end of our house that my Father-in-law made, specifically aimed at attracting House Sparrows which are a bit of a rarity in our garden. This box cannot be seen from any window or door of our house, but can be seen quite clearly from our neighbours garden.
A few weeks ago our neighbours told us that they had been observing a pair of Blue Tits coming and going from this box and just recently they told us that they had seen these birds going into the box with caterpillars. I wanted to observe this, but unlike the box in the garden (which I have detailed in previous posts) which can be seen from our patio doors, this one can only be viewed from the back of our garden. Obviously when you step out of the back door all birds in the area disappear, so I hatched a plan! We have a greenhouse situated at the back of our garden, so I decided to sit and wait in there and see if the birds would appear! As you can see from the photos below what I saw were not Blue Tits, but their larger cousins, Great Tits! This species has not nested in our garden before and so this was a very welcome sighting (another Blue Tit family would be equally exciting).
These birds are unaware that they have nested in the wrong box as I have a specific Great Tit nest box situated just round the corner, but this sparrow apartment was obviously just right for them. I wait with bated breath for the fledglings.