Today I've monitored around 140 nest boxes at WWT Martin Mere of which 96 were occupied by Tree Sparrows. Almost all the boxes contained eggs, with a small number of boxes containing young - 11 ringed.
We also checked the Barn Owl box that housed the Kestrels last year - but it seems as though they've been ousted by a new pair of Barn Owls - making it two pairs breeding on site this year.
Back at home this evening my nephew & niece -Kye & Layla were round for tea. They sat in the garden watching the Blue Tits going in & out of the box, and so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give them their first bird ringing experience!
Ringer in training - not quite old enough yet!