Some upland specialities

Mark invited me out to check some Pied Flycatcher boxes on Saturday morning. Two out of the five we checked had young in them which were just ready to ring as pulli. All the other nests were vacant with the broods having fledged or succumbed.
Pied Flycatcher brood of seven ready for ringing
Wandering 'off-piste' in Bowland woodlands was hard work on my dodgy joints but worth it. I managed a few snaps with my new iPhone too! Redstarts were singing in lots of places and we flushed up a Tawny Owl in one of the woods.

Back at Mark's we decided to throw up a couple of nets in the vain hope we may catch something even though the wind was picking up. We weren't disappointed as we got a couple of re-trap Nuthatches and this wonderful second calendar year male Redstart amongst other things.
1st summer male Redstart


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