Saturday, 15 May 2010
checking nest boxes
Had a wonderful evening last night checking nest boxes in a wood near Cheddar. The vista out across Somerset was beautiful and had a stunning view of a peregrine gliding along the cliff edge. Most blue tits are still sitting on eggs but the great tits all had chicks; sadly one nest had been predated - the box was on its side and feathers of an adult below. The chicks had only just hatched but were all dead. Still, hopefully all the other boxes will do much better. As I was walking around checking I heard some lovely birds including a garden warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, willow warbler and song thrush. A woodpigeon clattered her way off a nest while signs of badgers were evident. Some orchids were just coming out too - common spotteds in flower and butterfly orchids just developing their spikes.