Unfortunately many of our bird boxes around the wood are un-occupied. This could be for a number of reasons. Last years breeding season was bad due to cold, wet weather so bird numbers are probably down due to this. We have just had a long cold winter which will have led to high mortality. Snow also fell in this area just as a lot of migratory birds were arriving from Africa, this may have forced them to move on to warmer areas.
I am hoping that the boxes that are being used will be very productive to make up for the low occupancy rates.
On a brighter note this lovely male Bullfinch was seen around Presthope.
He was later seen with with a female and i believe they have a nest nearby.