NLRG was formed in 1957 to help in the study of birds in the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society area. There are currently 12 active ringers. Species currently being studied include: Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Sand Martin, Twite, Goosander, Oystercatcher and Grey Wagtail. Migration has been studied for 28 years at Heysham. We welcome anyone who wants to observe, help or perhaps wish to become a ringer. Photo: A Heysham-ringed Twite on the Mull of Kintyre (thanks to Eddie Maguire)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Aughton Woods Nestboxes

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.


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