You can always tell a Redstart nest in comparison to say a Piedflycatcher as the reds always use feathers in their nests, and as you can see by all the feathers this clearly is a Redstart.
Great tits are doing well with I think about eight boxes being occupied, two Blue tit and a Nuthatch made up the rest of the boxes being used.
Steve also showed me a Meadow pipit nest in a banking the chicks should be ready to ring by this weekend.
There was nothing in the boxes at the back of our house (think they're to near the feeders) and alas we think the Swallows have failed with the two eggs in the nest being stone cold there's evidence that they have been trying to build again but without much success. These pair of Pied wagtails are about the place but we haven't had much luck in finding their nest site.
|male pied wagtail|
|and the female|
Steve climbed the Buzzard nest which had three eggs so they're doing well.
A good morning's monitoring with decent success especially with the Buzzard and Redstarts who knows what we might find in the coming weeks.