Sunday, 14 May 2017

Linacre Nestboxes - an update

It's now 2 weeks since Luke and I last checked the nestboxes at Linacre. Yesterday morning I had 3 hours walking around the site, and ringed 81 chicks (50 Blue Tits from 6 broods of 10, 10, 9, 9, 6 and 6, and 31 Great Tits from 4 broods of 5, 6, 9 and 11). In addition to these birds, there were also an additional 13 boxes with either eggs or chicks that were too young to be ringed.

Great Tit

Blue Tits before ringing

Unfortunately there weren't any Pied Flycatchers present yesterday, so chances are, we won't get this species this year. One box, however, contained a Wren's nest with 7 eggs in, so this will be a nice species to follow through to fledging.

As always, the details of yesterday's visit will be forwarded to the BTO for their Nest Record Scheme.

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