Today with my dog Eira in tow I managed to check on one of my nest box sites with around 100 nest boxes in total. Unfortunately the weather put a stop to the bulk of the nest boxes but I managed to check on about 40 boxes.
Two weeks ago I was very concerned with the lack of returning Pied Flycatcher and Redstart numbers. I did not witness many pairs and very few singing males. I am pretty confident I am not going to get anywhere near last years numbers and as it stands at the moment I will be lucky to get 25 nesting pairs. Well down on the 43 pairs I had last year.
Here are a few nests i have