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


Andrew said...

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