Yesterday Paul and I headed up to the Hawfinch feeding site in North Wales for the fourth attempted trapping session of the year. As with the last three we spent a good few hours watching the odd Hawfinch in the tree-tops and waiting for the mass arrival - it never came. Four hours in we gave up and headed off empty-handed.....again.
On the return trip south we installed a new Chough nestbox at a site where an existing box has been used both by Choughs (2010 & 2011) and by Kestrels (2012). Pleased with the siting and general look of the box we returned to the car just in time to see a pair of Choughs come roller-coastering out of nowhere and land on top! Within 5 minutes of walking away from the base of the cliff there was actually a Chough inside the box checking it out - now that has to be some sort of record! Lets hope they liked what they found.
Put up a new Kestrel box (after I'd managed to convince the owners that they wouldn't eat their lambs!) and checked a few Dipper sites on the way home, no eggs yet but plenty of lined nests. Won't be long now til the nesting season is in full swing.
Apologies for the lack of pics.