Well we are now half way into June, and rain stops play, so here are the latest updates….
The Blue Tits in the nest boxes fledged successfully, but not so for the Great Tits in the hole in the log.
A keen pair of photographers, Len and Jean, witnessed an adult bird fly from the hole after feeding its young, only to be snatched by the resident Kestrel in the nesting box tree.
Sadly there are no Swallows nesting in the stable next door, for the second year, like wise with the eight House Martin nest boxes at Ticketyboo.
The Nest Boxes in the meadow
Checked the Kestrels nest on the 4th of June with bird ringer Phil Littler but the three small chicks where too young to ring, so hopefully next week when it stops raining.
The far nest box, in the willow tree, had Tawny Owls nesting and all have fledged. The Barn Owl nest box was checked also in the old horse shelter with Phil. The Owl was sitting tight on its nest, so will be checked again when the Kestrels are ringed.
Sunny days in May, with the ever changing back garden…
The oxeye daisies are showing well. Regular viewers will note that we have put a tree stump up on the left hand side of the fence.
This is for the Spotted Flycatcher which is at the back of my cottage hunting over my wild flowers, so hopefully this will encourage it into Old Beans….
Old Beans Cottage
The old horse shelter has now been re roofed, so the Barn Owls now have a very dry roosting place to get out of the wind and rain, the tea chest nest box inside the shelter is being well used with lots of pellets inside.
The Kestrel nest box that you can view from Old Beans Cottage, has been refurbished with fresh wood chippings. Most days the pair can be seen mating in the tree, with the female then inspecting the nest box afterwards.
Time just seems to be flying by, to many projects on the go…..
Last month we put up the Little Owl nest box, so watch this space!! And fingers crossed….
We are now going to put a new tin roof on the old horse shelter, as it has taken a bit of a battering in the last few months with high winds, and it is a safe haven for the male and female Barn Owl. Which have both being showing very well at the moment.
In the mean time, we have very nearly completed the shepherds hut, which we have called The Bohemian Blue Hut, and can be followed on Instagram at the_bohemian_blue_hut (this will soon be available to rent on Airbnb).
Last month all the meadows where cut, which will hopefully make a better hunting ground for the Barn Owls,.
We have started putting out road kills on the field for Red Kites, Buzzards and Kestrels.
The Little Owl nest box will also go up after Christmas in a new position. All five Barn Owl nest boxes have all been cleaned out, and refreshed with new sawdust; two boxes where jam packed with sticks from Jackdaws.
While cleaning out, three owls flew out from boxes, so now all tidy and warm for the winter months. The Kestrel box will be refreshed in late February.
Well, it’s now mid-August and we have just had are first day of full rain after a good two months of pure sunshine.
With the River Stiffkey running though the water meadow, it has kept the grass green, so hence very good sightings of the family of Brown Hares feeding.
The Spotted Flycatchers can be seen darting about over the meadow after insects to feed their second brood. Butterflies have been well
down in numbers on the wildflowers and on the Buddleia at Old Beans.
The two Barn Owl chicks have fledged out and are still hanging around their nest box, and can be heard screaming out of an evening time.
This year the three Kestrel chicks have been great fun to watch and observe with their antics as they hung around their nest site for three
Hatching is all going well at Old Beans Cottage – the Blue Tits and Great Tits have all fledged.
The pair of Barn Owls in the horse shelter have hatched out two chicks and are doing well. As some of you know we have a camera in the nest box this year with a live feed back to a monitor. The parents will get more active in the next week or so hunting over the meadow.
In the Kestrel box there are three youngsters. The parents can be heard more than seen but when the youngsters leave the nest it will be also visual with great displays.
As for the two nest boxes at the far end, these will be checked out next week.
Its also great to see the Spotted Flycatcher back this year but sadly no Swallows or House Martins nesting here for the first time.
So good to see the Hawthorne out in flower at long last out on the meadow with singing Whitethroats perched on top.
The nest boxes all seem to be occupied this year again; the Kestrels are nesting in the box in the tree closes to Old Beans and are due to hatch around the 20th May, so lots of action will be happening there. Beneath them are Jackdaws in the old owl box.
In the Horse Shelter, nesting in the old Tea Chest, the Barn Owls are sitting on three eggs. How do we know this.. we put a camera in there at the beginning of the year. So they are due to hatch at the end of May. The Barn Owl nest box at the end of the meadow in the Alder tree has a pair of Barn Owls nesting in it, which is a first to have two pairs of Barn Owls nesting on site. The nest box, also at the end of the meadow in the willow tree, is all so quite with no Jackdaws, so the only thing I can think is happening there is Mrs Tawny Owl is sitting tight.
The Great Tits are nesting in the hole in the log at the bottom of the garden, and the Blue Tits are in and out of the many nest boxes on site. So, in all, not a bad start to spring.
Several of you have noticed whats going on at the bottom of my garden with the self-build of a shepherds hut, this will at some time be for lets on Airbnb.
Great to see so many of you returning to Old Beans; the cottage is already booked for six months for 2018.
The Barn Owls are still showing well, as are the Kestrels. We are looking into putting a camera into one of the nest boxes, so a live feed can be watched in the cottage. The new Little Owl nest box has been put up, so we will all have to wait and see what occurs.