Monday, 6 June 2016

Linacre Nestboxes- 4th June 2016

I was down at Linacre on Saturday again with 2 other members of the Sorby Breck Ringing Group to have another check on the nestboxes.

We had a very busy morning, ringing 61 Blue Tit pulli, which is the biggest number to date. This include a couple of broods of 10 chicks. We also checked several other boxes that had small young of Great Tit and Pied Flycatcher that weren't quite old enough to ring. Here's a slightly dodgy, out of focus photo of the 4 Pied Flycatcher chicks that have hatched so far. There are still 3 eggs to hatch, so hopefully we'll have a full clutch of 7 by next weekend.

Pied Flycatcher nest

Along with the Tits and Flycatcher families, we also found a new Mandarin Duck nest, with a female bird sitting on a clutch of at least 10 eggs. This brings the total of Mandarin Duck nests to 2 this year.

Mandarin Duck nest

All of this weekend's details will be added to the BTO's Nest Record Scheme

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