We walked to an area where Steve had found a suspected Buzzard nest, good news that the trees finally have grown their leaves so you can't see it unless you know it's there. Steve climbed the nest a good 30ft up and discovered that it indeed was a buzzard nest and there was a single chick in there Steve took a quick photo and climbed back down. I was questioning him as he was climbing down about what it was etc he gave me a four letter word rant that started "let me get down this ******* tree first before asking questions." I suppose he was right it was a hell of a climb up and down and he didn't want to fall.
|the buzzard chick|
|Steve carefully takes out the chicks putting them in a cloth bag to keep them calm, I must apologise for his hat think he bought it in a charity shop c'mon the R's|
|he makes sure his ringing gear is all correct|
|he starts ringing the redstarts|
|look at the concentration|
|another one ringed|
|the last one|
|Steve puts the chicks back in the nest box|
The other boxes we looked in were Blue and Great tit's except for another Redstart but this time the chicks were to small to ring. We then checked on a box that Steve knew had a Nuthatch and this time good news these were also big enough for him to ring.
|Steve helps Aneurin check one of the boxes|
|the professional ringer gets his gear ready, notice I made him take that disgusting hat off|
|he starts to quickly ring the young Nuthatch's|
|another one done|
|concentrate Steve concentrate!|
|the final Nutty is ringed and they're all put safely back in thier nest|
We checked the Swallows in the sheds one nest had very young chicks and the other had four eggs, we also checked the Blackbird that I had blogged about previously and there were four very plump chicks in there couldn't resist getting a snap of one of them.
We had a cuppa back at the house and Steve gave me some pic's of nests he's found lately.
|blue tit nest with 12 eggs|
|this was a cracking find a whitethroats nest|
|this is a tree pipit refusing to budge of it's nest. What a great parent.|
Big thanks to Steve for his expertise, keeping Aneurin occupied for a few hours and taking that disgusting hat off, Cheers.