I think it is going to be very tricky to get a robin pair to nest in a box but I’m going to give it another go. I’ve dabbled in the past but this time I feel I have the right box in the right location so fingers crossed.
The box itself is one that I purchased several years ago and has been used previously as a Great Tit nest box.
It’s been outside for a few years and has been used twice by Great Tits. Neither time was the nest successful, chicks were hatched but never fledged. I think this was linked to the location of the box and potentially the weather. With all this previous action and after lots of time outdoors the box is quite worn but I’m hoping still attractive to a nesting bird.
I’ve converted the box from a hole nest box, of a type needed by Great Tits, to a Robin nest box, which requires an open front, by removing the panel at the front.
The open front gap on this box is just a little less than 100mm which is the recommended size for a Robin, but it is very close.
The Box in installed in the front garden of the house, on a wall hidden behind a mixed Ivy/Fir hedge. It seems a good location as it is hidden within a hedge but at the same time the entrance to the box is clear.
The front garden is within the territorial range of a Robin pair which last year nested in the hedge of a neighbouring house directly opposite. I think A Robin pair will likely have more than one brood per year and they will prepare several different nest sites within their range. So I’m hopeful.
The box is equiped with a camera and light. I’m using the same equipment as for the Great Tit nest box, you can find the details here.
The difficulty of installing the box and camera at the front of the house is that it requires a long video cable run, around 25m to bring the feed into the area where I work. Luckily it doesn’t seem to be posing any video quality problems.
A view of the inside of the box is shown below.