All Creatures Bright and Beautiful

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

This male Bullfinch, unmistakable with his bright pinkish-red breast and cheeks and black cap, was feeding on a Dandelion flower seed head this morning.

Monitoring of nest boxes has continued on the reserve today with an unusual find in a box: a clutch of Wren chicks. Here is their artificial box which is hanging in one of the stores.

Two new Tawny Owl chicks were ringed from one of the large bird boxes in the woodland. They seem to be growing slowly maybe due to a lack of small rodents to feed on. 

Lark and Taurus, with their summer coats now almost through, were busy grooming each other on their moorland patch!

Thank you to all of the Adopt-a-Box supporters and especially to Terry for providing some of the photographs for today's blog. All of the bird boxes have been checked now and the results will be compiled so that they can be sent out to all adoptees.

And finally, after several weeks of totally ignoring the new duck raft in the lake, a male Mallard was spotted sitting on it!


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