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Interesting Nest Box Finds

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020

Although most of the small nest boxes are occupied by Blue Tits and Great Tits, there are sometimes a few different species to be found too. This is especially the case in some of the ancient woodlands out on the on the wider MOD training area where Pied Flycatchers sometimes make use of the nestboxes to build their grassy nests. These stunning birds are summer visitors and spend the winter months in West Africa.

Occasionally, Redstarts are discovered inside the boxes too. They particularly favour Oak woodlands. Even as young as six days old, these chicks have red feathers showing in their tails!  It is included on the Amber List of species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining. 

In conifer plantations, Coal Tits are not uncommon. These ones were photographed inside the reserve. Their nests are similar to those of Great Tits and Blue Tits being made from moss and lined with wool.

A pleasant surprise and a first for Foxglove was a Treecreeper nesting in a purpose built box along the green route.

You just never know what you may find!


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