Thursday 14 October 2010

Beautiful Birds (9): RSPB 'Adopt a Nestbox' Results

The RSPB Reserve, Clydach, South Wales: a leafy environment, good for nesting birds

One of the way-marked RSPB trails

I have just received the results of the nestboxes we adopted for 2010 in Clydach RSPB Reserve, to the north of Swansea, here in South Wales, UK. 

My box, 138, was occupied by a Great Tit, and David's box, 139, by a Blue Tit.

Great Tit 
Nest building observed: 17th April
First egg laid: 23 April 
Eggs hatched: 14 May
Number of eggs hatched: 6
Number of young fledged: 5

Blue Tit

Nest building observed: 17th April
First egg laid: 24 April 
Eggs hatched: 22 May
Number of eggs hatched:14
Number of young fledged: 12

If you have the opportunity to adopt a nestbox or to take part in a similar scheme, I would encourage you to give it a go. The cost of 2011 sponsorship for the Clydach Reserve is £2 per nestbox. We first took part in the survey in 2009. You can read about our 2009 fledglings here.

I have only visited this reserve once to date, and on that occasion (very early on in my blogging days), I hoped I had encountered a rare beetle. You can read about that expedition here (the beetle) and here (the ID) ...


eileeninmd said...

Nice post and photo. It looks like a wonderful area for the birds. It is neat that you have adopted a nestbox. Do you watch them every spring?

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

That scene is beautiful there Caroline. I never realised that you could adopt a nest box and its so cheap aswell - excuse the pun!

Andrea said...

Hi Caroline, i also love what you are doing, in fact i want to follow this waterway uphill or downhill just to see what are in there, and of course watch the birds i will encounter. And i also love to take photos of whatever live things i will encounter. Your bugs photos are awesome, want to do that too but my lenses are not for them, wish i can have a macro soonest.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What a wonderful idea, Caroline, to adopt a nest box! And what a beautiful area you live in.

Crafty Green Poet said...

it looks a lovely place. How nice to sponsor a nestbox and find out how many chicks hatched etc.

J said...

I've only been there twice, and both times seen Red Kites overhead. So look out for them if you go to Cwm Clydach again!