7 March 2015

Nest boxes at the patch

Built eight nest boxes for the patch a couple of weeks back and spent a few hours yesterday and today (7 March) putting them up in Bonehead woodland along the east boundary of Staines Moor. Surprisingly, it was more difficult to find suitable spots for the boxes than I thought it would be - north to east facing and out of sight from the public, and I only managed to put up six - three hole-fronted boxes and three open fronted, as I spilt one and gave one to my dad. Looking forward to seeing what species move in.

Lots of birds singing at Staines Moor today including 3 Cetti's Warbler (H) along Bonehead Ditch (1 NE corner, 2 east stretch) and 1 Chiffchaff (H) in Bonehead woodland (and another heard on Stanwell Moor). Also noted today were 3 Red Kite together over S at midday, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk in Bonehead woodland and a Kestrel. Yesterday in Bonehead woodland I had my first Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni of the year and a fly-catching Goldcrest.

Four of six nest boxes put up in Bonehead woodland

One of three Willow Bracket Phellinus igniarius fruitbodies in Bonehead woodland today - apparently uncommon in Britain

Southern end of the woodland along Bonehead Ditch on Staines Moor. I really should bird this woodland more often.

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