Thursday, 9 June 2011
Wales, Sunday 5 June
A disappointing visit in many ways. Luckily the weather forecast was wrong and we enjoyed generally dry weather with only a few spots of rain. During my short visit a week earlier I found 4 active Pied Flycatcher nests in the 9 I checked, this ratio was unfortunately not representative for all the boxes. We ended the box checking with only 124 pulli and 8 adult (3 of them retraps) Pied Flycatchers and 6 pulli and 1 adult Redstart. The reports of an early season were correct for a few birds with a couple of boxes that we believed had already fledged part of their broods but quite a few boxes still had chicks too small to ring and some still on eggs. The Wood Warbler that was singing a week ago in a regularly used territory had gone so we had no joy there but a bonus was two Buzzard nests with chicks. Chris did the honours of climbing and we ringed a brood of one and a brood of two, Libby now has a new favourite bird.