Meet 'Jack' and 'Dawreen', my resident jackdaws which have chosen a very old nest box up in an Oak tree in my garden.
This was one of the very first boxes I put up, when I first started setting cameras some ten years ago, so the box has survived pretty well! It has a hole in the back corner, but these two don't seem to mind! I first noticed that they were hanging around in the tree early morning and in the evening, so I popped a ladder up to take a look. I could see they had created a collection of twigs at the front and softer materials at the back. There was already a bracket for a camera, so it did not take me long to pop the Birdsy cam in place. I can then zoom and focus remotely from the app on my phone when safe on the floor.
As the jackdaws have not returned after the tawny predated the nest, this camera is currently being relocated to a new location.
This set-up uses a Birdsy camera. I have been working with the Birdsy team for the last year and this camera will soon be available to purchase.
What to watch for.....
Jackdaws are the smallest member of the crow family ( known as corvids), which also includes ravens, crows, rooks, jays and magpies. They are highly intelligent and great characters to watch!
Jackdaws are generally cavity nesters, and will use anything from a hole in a tree to a chimney. I have had them use several of my larger nest boxes. Their nests are usually constructed with sticks to form the outer section of the nest, and lined with wool or hair. They usually lay 4-5 eggs, which are blue-green speckled and are incubated by the female for 17–18 days and fledge after 28–35 days, when they are fed by both parents. Jackdaws hatch asynchronously and incubation begins before clutch completion, which often leads to the death of the last-hatched young.