Videos of nature lovers of blue tits in a nest box go viral with over 41 MILLION hits

Nestflix! Videos of nature lovers of blue tits in a nest box go viral with over 41 MILLION hits

  • John Chadwick, 43, from Loughborough, took the footage from his nest box
  • You can see blue tits feeding their chicks caterpillars and other tasty treats
  • The clip, which was shared online, has racked up more than 41 million hits from worldwide viewers
  • Responding to his viral sensation, John admits, “It’s gone a little crazy!”










The recording of a blue tit wildlife enthusiast has made him a viral sensation, after his latest clip racked up more than 41 million hits worldwide.

John Chadwick, 43, from Loughborough, admits the subsequent popularity of his now viral clip is ‘a little crazy’.

Initially, he started by livestreaming images of the birds in the nest box to his family so they could see the progress of the chicks before flying off the nest.

But after uploading a time-lapse video to YouTube, John was stunned to see that his video was viewed tens of millions of times by viewers from all corners of the world.

John said, “It’s gone a little crazy. I just wanted to show my neighbors, friends, nieces and nephews what the birds were up to.

“I had no idea the films would arouse so much interest.

“To think that literally tens of millions of people have eagerly watched the birds from all over the world is just incredible and quite overwhelming.”

John Chadwick, 43 from Loughborough, started live streaming the blue tits (above) and quickly reached 41 million views on YouTube

In the three-minute clip uploaded to YouTube, viewers can watch three weeks of progress go by in the blink of an eye.

On day 1 the beautiful birds help out their newly hatched chicks and on day 5 the fry are fed a tasty caterpillar breakfast.

After almost two weeks, the chicks are larger, but they still regularly demand food from their parents within the safety of their nest.

An unwanted intruder tries to break into the nest box on day 20 and just a day later the chicks are ready to leave the house.

Sound engineer John, who has toured with Aerosmith and Ringo Starr, bought the birdhouse on a whim during the lockdown.

He installed it on a willow tree in the backyard of his Leicestershire home in March and within hours the pair of blue tits came in before five chicks hatched.

John’s videos are mostly watched by people in America and India, with the UK audience accounting for just five percent of his total views.

Commenting on his now viral sensation, John admits,

Commenting on his now viral sensation, John admits, “It’s gotten a little crazy!” Pictured: The family shares a tasty breakfast treat – a caterpillar

And despite the films’ huge worldwide success, it’s unlikely that John will make enough for a nest egg of his own.

He said: ‘My personal challenge to myself was to cross the money-making threshold and then recoup what the £150 I paid for the camera and £90 for the hard drive – it has to be recouped every day.

“It’s not an insignificant amount, but it’s not a fortune either.”

The stars of John’s videos, the newly hatched chicks, have since successfully flown the nest, but remain in the area and enjoy his bird feeder.

John hopes a new family of birds will move in so he can replicate his bird box videos next spring.

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