Ian and I checked the remainder of our boxes in the Hodder Valley yesterday and after all the rain we have had recently we expected some casualties. We had 15 boxes to check and this included some where we had ringed the pulli last week and we wanted to check the development of the chicks. What we found were what could only be described as mixed fortunes.
Five boxes had dead broods in and the split was one brood of Pied Flycatcher and Great Tit, and the remaining three being Blue Tits. Two broods had fledged and the remainder (8) were either about to fledge, or were looking quite healthy and were ringed. We ringed three broods of Pied Flycatchers totalling 16 chicks altogether.
For weeks I have been meaning to take the picture below of a sign that is up in the valley where we have our boxes. I thought I would share it with you because every week it makes me smile!
You will probably be aware that I co-write another blog Fleetwood Bird Observatory with my good mate Ian. We operate the Fleetwood peninsula, or should I say Ian does at is Ian who does all the hard work, like a bird observatory and document all the sightings on a daily basis. One of the bird news organisations, not the good people at Birdguides (we like them), another one and I think you probably know who I mean, have been 'cherry picking' certain records from our blog.
On the FBO blog we lump all the individual sites under 'FBO' as we know that people reading the blog aren't really interested whether something is at 'sand bar point' or 'saltmarsh creek' etc, but it is more the flavour of the migration that people are interested in. Not these people; they are desperate for information and they have been trying to guess where certain birds have been within the FBO recording area, and have rather amusingly been getting it wrong! Such is the desperation in our area for some people to twitch common migrants, rather than put the time in to find them for themselves, that some of them will have been heading to the wrong area based on this bird news organisations gen! It amuses us, but doubt it will amuse birders sent on a wild 'common migrant' chase, but then again they probably only have themselves to blame!
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