Saturday 12 May 2012

Nestbox Monitoring

In the absence of any other interesting reports so far today, a round-up of the nestbox progress may suffice as a starter.

Of the 21 boxes in the scheme, 7 remain unused this season.
Great Tits occupy 10 boxes, Blue Tits only 3.
All the occupied boxes are at the incubation stage with the exception of two Great tit nests that contain young birds - broods of 6 & 7 young which were ringed today.
One box contains a very active colony of Bumble bees, Bombus hypnorum, and was not examined too closely!

The hut trap contained just one individual - Flame Shoulder.

During nestbox work:
Common Blues seen on the reserve and Landscape Strip
Brimstone seen in the Far Marsh area.