Just another Tuesday

Tuesday, July 26th 2011

With the dust settling down after all the excitement of the weekend, a sturdy band of 10 volunteers assembled to do something just a little different.  Late July is the time when we traditionally clean out our bird boxes and check to see how many of the eggs laid produced chicks and how many of these chicks actually succeeded in fledging.  The volunteers were split into four teams and each had a sector of the Reserve to search.  The outcome was that we found all the small boxes that we have, which is no mean feat at this time of year with the vegetation so high.  Whilst we realised that some chicks had not made it the majority had, which is good news and supports the observations coming in from our CES ringing sessions, that the small box nesters have done well.  The teams also found that not only do we house birds but the boxes house a couple of bats, a field mouse and a variety of insect life!

The volunteers also manged to pull birch and slash bracken to complete a really full days work, well done!

This was one of the bats that we saw yesterday.  This box will be left undisturbed until the winter.  Thanks to John for the photograph.


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