After a very disappointing year in 2011 which saw at least 9 clutches of eggs predated and very poor productivity (only three broods successfully fledged from 33 boxes), this season is much more promising.
The take up of boxes includes 10 Blue Tits and 5 Great Tits, which are at various stages of development with only one brood lost so far. No egg predation has been experienced so one wonders what was the problem last year? So far, 8 broods of young have been ringed.
A Pied Flycatcher pair has built belatedly in one box and currently has four eggs.
The Treecreeper nest reported previously has had a positive outcome - five eggs were laid and five young have now fledged successfully.