Following on from John's post, I paid my first trip to the nest boxes in Pott Yeats, Littledale today. There are 43 boxes there that have held small numbers of Pied Flycatchers in recent years, 2018 was typical with 5 pairs all successful. Today nine nests were found with eggs in all and females incubating in three of them (One nest contained 10 warm eggs).
Two further Redstart nests were found with incubating females in place. Interestingly, both nests were in boxes with ‘normal’ circular entrance holes. The small number of boxes with ‘shuttlecock’ shaped holes intended for Redstarts have never attracted any of that species over the last few years but one of this year’s Pied Flycatchers has occupied a ‘shuttlecock’ box.
Blue Tit and Great Tit numbers this year so far are about average.