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Birds nesting on and in our house

     Our house is built 2000-2002 on a solid rock about 40 m from and 20 m above a small lake. You can see it on the aerial photo below.Already in spring 2002  two pairs of House-Martins built nests under the roof of the house. In a few years there where five pairs of them. They fed their chicken mostly with mosquitoes, but then we bought a mosquito capturing machine that attracted them with feromons and carbon dioxide (from propane gas). The number of mosquitoes decreased with 90% and the birds moved away and didn't come back.     The year after came some pairs of Great tit instead and they built nests between the outer and inner layer of the roof where they foud insulation material for a comfortable "home". They have slowly increased and are now 5-6 pairs.     Unlike the House-Martins these birds seems to feed basically on ants from a big pine tree close to the house.

May 28, 2015

Birds nesting on and in our house

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     Our house is built 2000-2002 on a solid rock about 40 m from and 20 m above a small lake. You can see it on the aerial photo below.
Already in spring 2002  two pairs of House-Martins built nests under the roof of the house. In a few years there where five pairs of them. They fed their chicken mostly with mosquitoes, but then we bought a mosquito capturing machine that attracted them with feromons and carbon dioxide (from propane gas). The number of mosquitoes decreased with 90% and the birds moved away and didn't come back.

     The year after came some pairs of Great tit instead and they built nests between the outer and inner layer of the roof where they foud insulation material for a comfortable "home". They have slowly increased and are now 5-6 pairs.
     Unlike the House-Martins these birds seems to feed basically on ants from a big pine tree close to the house.
My home from the air

Our house in winter time shot from a helo.

May 28, 2015
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My home from the air Capture Date: May 28, 2015 04:49 AM
Shot from helicopter a very cold January morning at sunset
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/800 secAperture:f / 5.0Focal Length:40 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Our house in winter time shot from a helo.
House-Martin chicks

House-Martin yougsters in their clay nest high on a wall.

May 28, 2015
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House-Martin chicks Upload Date: May 28, 2015 04:47 AM
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House-Martin yougsters in their clay nest high on a wall.
House-Martin (Delicon urbicum)

Hungry youngster

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House-Martin (Delicon urbicum) Upload Date: May 28, 2015 04:47 AM
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Hungry youngster
House-Martin chicks

The youngsters have now learnt to fly and spend most of the day in a big prine tree 7-8 m from the house.

May 28, 2015
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House-Martin chicks Capture Date: May 28, 2015 05:12 AM
Camera:Canon EOS 5DISO Speed:500Exposure:1/320 secAperture:f / 8.0Focal Length:400 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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The youngsters have now learnt to fly and spend most of the day in a big prine tree 7-8 m from the house.
Great tit (Parvus Major)

     The Great tit mostly feed their offspring with ants that the catch in the big pine tree you can see on a photo with the House-Martins.At least 90% of their food seems to be ants.

May 28, 2015
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Great tit (Parvus Major) Capture Date: May 28, 2015 04:45 AM
Canon EF 200-400 mm
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/1600 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:533 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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     The Great tit mostly feed their offspring with ants that the catch in the big pine tree you can see on a photo with the House-Martins.
At least 90% of their food seems to be ants.
Great tit

Last pause before flying up and in to the nest.

May 28, 2015
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Great tit Capture Date: May 28, 2015 08:44 AM
Canon EF 200-400 mm
Camera:Canon EOS 7D Mark IIISO Speed:1250Exposure:1/1600 secAperture:f / 5.6Focal Length:560 mmFlash:Did not Fire
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Last pause before flying up and in to the nest.
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AlphaWhiskeyMay 28, 2015 11:27 PM

Some beautiful shots here! :)

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