Stow Maries Jackdaw Cam
This jackdaw nest is in a new Tawny owl box in the grounds of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, in Essex. Working with Denis Stretton and Hikvision and Birdsy cameras, we have experimented with a range of set-ups to try to bring some unique live cameras online. We had hoped for Tawnies and they did take a look, along with a barn owl and the kestrels too, but the jackdaws took us residence!
Jackdaws are charismatic members of the crow family. They laid 4 eggs and these started to hatch on the 6th May.
Jackdaws are colonial cavity nesters, and will use anything from a hole in a tree to a chimney... or tawny box! Jackdaw nests are usually constructed with sticks to form the outer section of the nest, and lined with wool or hair. Clyde brought new fluff and all-sorts to the nest box each time he returned, hence the large array of miscellaneous materials that you can see.
Jackdaw eggs are a beautiful pale blue or blue-green and generally covered with darker speckles. They usually lay 4-5 eggs.
Denis has also set up a Birdsy cam outside the box so we can keep an eye on what is happening outside and supplement our live cam footage with this external footage.
The grounds at Stow Maries provide perfect, unspoiled habitat for all manner of wildlife, due to the fact that it lay dormant for 100 years after WW1, allowing the wildlife to flourish. I have visited & photographed the amazing wildlife there on a number of occasions. The vast majority of the site is open grassland with woodland and although it has no statutory designation, it is home to many species of fauna and flora including all five species of British owls, a rarity in one location, as well as the 22 red listed birds, which have been sighted. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome works in partnership with Natural England to improve and manage our ecology. As participants in their Entry and Higher level Stewardship schemes, the site work to carefully manage the site to get the very best habitats for the wildlife there.