In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leucistic Little Owl image copyright Hilary Chambers, Durham.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

BOxin day

Yesterdays birds were an added bonus & whilst we did see a few Hares, it was a different kind of boxing that we focused on.

A couple of quiet spots for BO boxes, part of our DBAP project.


This batch of boxes was scheduled for New Year 2010 - obviously knocked back by the snow.
It was bad enough for us down in the sheltered eastern lowlands, but 2 months snow cover seems to have been the norm for many western areas.
An indication of how bad things were gauged by several reports of Red Grouse visiting farmyards in a weakened state, with birds venturing well down the dale off the heather - as far as they'd even been known, when the snow was there.


Hardwood forces Claw hammer relegation
( he would have done better using his forehead )


A positive sign, a recent BO pellet on an upland site (£ coin)


A not so positive sign
Some remains, how many remain ?
Some have held on, but how many have perished during 2 months snow cover ?


An open chimney type natural cavity in a declining Sycamore, previously used by BO, located by Gavsterley


A natural cavity stopped up with clemmies to prevent "things" getting in - presumably in this case Tawny ?

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