Yesterday we paid our first visit to our Tree Sparrow colony, being a little later than last year we found several boxes already containing very young chicks, we had another 4 containing eggs and 4 with the start of a nest, although I don't think 2 of these will continue as they were either side a box which was buzzing noisily! This site also had boxes containing eggs of 4 Great Tits and a Blue Tit.
Today with the help of one of our trainees we checked the boxes at our woodland site, results were 14 with eggs of Blue Or Great Tit ranging from 2 to 11 eggs, so some just starting to lay, 6 were in various stages of building and 10 not in use yet, another check in late May and we should have a few chicks to ring.
Several Cuckoos were seen and heard along with Buzzard, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler among others.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Saturday, 19 April 2014
It was however a bit chilly and I would on reflection have been better employed catching hirundines in the compound than the handful of passerines in the scrub. If the weather is dull tomorrow I may go for the former.