Monday, May 04, 2009

Nest box season begins

Checked all the nest boxes this weekend – bar one, which went awol! Had eight Great Tits all sitting, so couldn’t check contents but all must be sat on full clutches, and one Blue Tit doing the same. Then had another eight ‘tit’ nests with eggs 1x3, 1x4, 3x6, 1x8 and 2x9. At least one of these I think is Coal Tit, three Blue Tit and the rest Great Tit. Another 20 possible nests were under construction.

For Pied Flycatchers have three nests with eggs (1x1, 1x2 and 1x3) with another fourteen nests under manufacture. At the moment it is impossible to tell whether any of these will be due to Redstarts.

Other findings included a Mistle Thrush nest with five blind and downy young, another nest with parents feeding – but high up a rotting alder tree, so wasn’t about to climb that and a Tree Creeper nest which I’ll have to check again next week (when I have a torch!). Also discovered two pairs of Nuthatches feeding young and Blackbirds and Song Thrush carrying food – but with insufficient time to track back to nests. A few Chiffchaff alarm called as I passed by but Willow Warblers and Blackcaps were still singing. Ravens and Buzzards were quiet and the cuckoos only appeared late on it the day.

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