Saturday, 25 February 2012

A Touch Too Much

This morning Craig and I went ringing to our feeding station on Rawcliffe Moss but the wind was just that little bit too much and it had a detrimental affect on our catch. We processed 8 new birds as follows (recaptures in brackets):

Great Tit - 2 (1)
Blue Tit - 3 (4)
Yellowhammer - 1 (1)
Chaffinch - 1
Tree Sparrow - 1 (2)
Dunnock - (1)

As we were putting the nets up in the half light a male Tawny Owl called from Curlew Wood and later male Great Spotted Woodpeckers drummed from Tree Sparrow Wood and the L Wood. The female Hen Harrier gave us a great display this morning as she spent a good hour or so close to us giving stonking views as she 'quartered' her patch. At one stage she had a half-hearted go at some Corn Buntings!

We had very little else other than 35 Linnets over and a group of 16 Snipe. Back home I checked my 'empty' moth trap and then got on with building some boxes. See pictures below.

Marked and ready for cutting

Cut up into nest box 'kits'

Assembly begins

6 comments:

Andrew said...

It's wonderful to see all your nest boxes..
A big pat on the back from me.

lp.are.the.best said...

What kinds of birds nest in those nest boxes ?

Christian said...

That some assembly line - well done and thanks for doing it, on behalf of the birds.

Fleetwood Birder said...

Thanks Chaps! I put the boxes up in two different locations. The first in an upland wooded river valley for Pied Flycatchers and the second on a mixed lowland farm for Tree Sparrows.

lp.are.the.best said...

Are there many loirs invading the nest boxes ?

Fleetwood Birder said...

Hello L.P., I think a Loir is a Door Mouse? If so, no we don't get Door Mice this far north. Although, they do nfrequently use nest boxes in the south of England. Cheers, Seumus