Monday, 4 March 2013

A Treat For My Lady!

Yesterday morning saw Gail and I carrying out essential maintenance works at my two nest box schemes; one for Pied Flycatchers and the other for Tree Sparrows. And you can see from the picture below that I put Gail to work climbing the ladder and inspecting the boxes!

After we had checked all the Pied Flycatcher boxes I treated Gail to a Wild Boar sausage sandwich and a mug of tea. I know how to treat my lady! Outside the cafe window is a feeding station and there must have been at least 70 Siskins coming in to feed. The two pictures below were taken through a very dirty windy.

Next stop was the Moss to check the Tree Sparrow boxes. I only have 15 boxes here and I only had to replace one of them. Now it's just a case of waiting for a few weeks for some feathered tenants to move in.


Warren Baker said...

Do all the boxes get tennants ?

The Hairy Birder said...

In 2012 Warren 12 were unoccupied out of 38 boxes. The remaining 26 were occupied by Nuthatch, 9 Pied Flycatchers, 7 Great Tits and 9 Blue Tits. The unoccupied boxes always amaze me as they are in the right place, face the right direction and are good boxes. There is obviously something about them that the birds don't like that we can't see. Having said that it isn't always the same boxes each year that are unoccupied!