Bird Box Building preparation

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Today has been all about nest boxes for me.

I have continued my hunt for the boxes in need of pre-nesting season attention, and have also been preparing for next Wednesday's 'Bird Box Building' event.

It has given me a great opportunity to test out the power tools in the workshop and to work out if anything needs a bit of TLC; unfortunately it has also given me the opportunity to cover the nicely swept out floor in sawdust again.

We now have 16 boxes ready and waiting for next Wednesday, minus the odd entrance hole that still needs to be created. 

As it stands the majority of boxes that have been made have a 32mm opening that is well suited to the following bird species:

We will also have a couple of open-fronted boxes available that are more likely to be frequented by Pied Wagtail, Robin or Spotted Flycatcher.

Aside from nest box related activities we have also been tidying up after last week's endeavours to improve the reserve's waterways. This has involved a lot of stomping up and down on the tracks left behind by the excavator at the start of last week.

It's good to get round all of the many tracks left behind by Willie now while the ground is still soft and pliable so that we won't have to waste time and energy trying to clear them up later in the year.

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