Bird Ringing Update

Friday, May 23rd 2014

The bird ringers have been very busy over the last few weeks trying to check all of the nest boxes located on the training area. Several of the woods have now been visited, with more to go to over the coming days. High Spring Wood was carpeted with Bluebells and Early Purple Orchids, and looked fabulous in the evening sun.

 Pied Flycatcher nests were found here, all with the adults still sitting on eggs.

Lesley was lucky enough to find a Nuthatch nesting.  Nuthatch nests are easily recognisable as you approach the box; the adults seal around the opening with mud and clay reducing the size of the entrance hole. The nest itself is then lined loosely with dry leaves.

Many of the large boxes have been checked.  Forty nine Tawny Owls have been processed with one box left to return to. At least 40 Kestrel eggs have been found and looking back over results from recent years this could be the best breeding season for Kestrels for some time. The third species found in our large boxes is Jackdaws, and the last of these chicks was ringed earlier this week.

Redstarts did not have a particularly good season last year with very few nests found. This year looks like it could be more promising with one brood of chicks already ringed and more nests found to re-visit at a later date.

Thank you to all the bird ringers for the long hours and hard work put in, especially at this time of year!

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