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)

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Aughton Woods' Treecreeper

One of the boxes comprising the nestbox scheme in Aughton Woods is a wedge shaped 'Treecreeper box'.  This box has not been occupied by any species in the last five years, and probably not at all over the whole period it has been in place.  Its original erection date is not certain.
However, this year, a pair of the "correct" species has unexpectedly taken up residence.  The first monitoring visit this year revealed a nest containing five slightly unfamiliar eggs that looked to be almost certainly Treecreeper.  Further checks saw the adult bird entering the nest and the chicks are currently well grown and will hopefully soon fledge satisfactorily.

18-04-2012 Eggs

27-04-2012 |Two Newly Hatched Young

07-05-2012 Five Young at 'FS' Stage

These images taken by John Mason, who has been monitoring the Aughton boxes this season, show stages of the development of this nest.


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