Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tit Boxes

Hi, Kate here.  On a sunny Monday morning Eve and I set off to check and clear out the bird boxes in the wood at Lochloy Quarry.

We put the boxes up in early 2009 and they have been used each year by blue and great tits. This year there were no surprise mice hibernating in the cosy nest material like last winter. What a fright we all got when a mouse literally flew out at us!

It was clear that all four boxes had been used last year but no unhatched eggs or dead chicks, so a very successful year.  They are now all clean and ready for another busy year of nesting.

While we were in the wood we noted that many of the snowdrops which a gang of volunteers planted are blooming brightly. Just beautiful in the sunshine. The snowdrops are courtesy of Keeping Nairn Colourful group, so thank you to them.

It was a lovely peaceful walk filled with sunshine, warmth even though the ground was frosty, and of course bird song. Blue and great tits, blackbirds and later a song thrush with it's three note repetitive tune was very loudly proclaiming it  was a good day.

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