This morning Ian and I went to check our boxes in the Hodder Valley and on Rawcliffe Moss. In the Hodder Valley 18 out of our 35 boxes are occupied by 8 Blue Tits, 5 Great Tits, Nuthatch, Coal Tit and 3 Pied Flycatchers. The Tits are either in the final stages of incubation or are just hatching/have small young, as in the Great Tits below.
The Pied Flycatcher have just started to incubate finished clutches and we lifted the female below from the nest. She had a ring on and we ringed her at the nest at this site last year.
The weather was fairly inclement and we didn't do any birding as such but we did pick up a calling Kingfisher.
It was then on to Rawcliffe Moss to check the Tree Sparrow boxes. Last week we had four boxes with Tree Sparrows just hatching and we were hopeful that we would be ringing them this week. However, due to the cold weather over this past week the young hadn't developed sufficiently and they were still too small to ring. Let's hope it warms up this coming week and if it does we will be busy next weekend.
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