We had nuthatches in a box that has recently fledged and we've also got four different pair of redstarts with Steve finding the fourth nest whilst we were out checking the boxes.
|redstart nest with seven eggs|
Whilst we were out and about Steve also told me about a wood he goes to where he stumbled upon this mallards nest a first for him and he sent me the pic so here it is:-
|mallard nest a first for Steve|
|lesser redpole nest found and photographed by Stephen Carter|
Two of the redstart nests had chicks in that were ready for ringing (their legs not their necks) so I stood by whilst Mr Carter did his stuff.
|Steve starts to ring the chicks|
|another one done, what a cutey.|
|look at the concentration|
|the last one gets it's ring, look at all that gear.|
|they all safely put back into the nest box|
Later we had a scout around for any new nests, Steve found this Linnet nest:-
We did notice this baby frog crawling through the grass we put him back down so it could carry on it's journey:-
Not a bad afternoon though and great to see most of the birds that's using the boxes being pretty successful except alas for our one great tit.
We've also had quite a few rabbits about the place and by the way our black and white bloodhound Jack has been going berserk about the place I think there may be a warren close by. There could be one by my feeders remember the hole near the feeding station? Well this cheeky bleeder came out of another hole close by and stayed for a while.
|they are cute|
|he looks the part but hasn't caught one yet|
Big thanks to Steve once again for his company, think there's a few more twists as quite a few of the birds are going into second clutches, will Steve find them? watch this space.