It was a Friday and sunny day so I decided to head down to my local patch (Greenbank Gardens in Clarkston, Glasgow) for a bit of nest recording.
The time I spent there was really worth it as in a couple of hours I managed to find the following nests: 5 blue tit, 1 bullfinch, 4 wren, 1 robin (with 4 eggs), 1 blackcap (building) and 7 blackbird (at different stages). The song thrushes were also out collecting worms in the main grassy area. First they would spear a worm with their beaks before shaking off the dirt and finally swallowing them whole: it was amazing to watch!
There were also robins, dunnocks, blackbirds and starlings joining in with insect and worm hunting amongst the grass. As soon as I left the main grassy patch, the rabbits started creeping out from among the plants and vegetation and the swallows started swooping about overhead and catching any insects they could.
By the time I completed my walk round the rest of the gardens I’d seen around 30 species including bank voles, grey squirrels and a host of birds.
This is the first full year I will be nest recording and I’m really excited about what data I’ll be able to collect and return to the BTO.
On my way back home we took a drive along some country roads at Thorntonhall hoping to see the wheatears that are usually found in the fields at this time of year. Although we never saw any wheatears we did see a weasel chasing a vole across the road. The vole managed to escape with its life but my dad started to make rabbit noises to try and get the weasels attention to photograph it and it worked! It came out of the grass verge next to the road and started running towards the car with its ears pointed up. My dad got a nice photo; unfortunately I hadn’t brought my camera as I was focusing on nest recording and didn’t manage to get a photo which was a shame. (See my dad’s photo here)
The nest details:
Blackbird= 1 active
Blue Tit= 5 active
Wren= Unknown (they can build up to 8 nests and may only use 1)
Starling= Many active in woods but 1 active in gardens
Buzzards= 1 pair repairing nest to get ready to lay
Bullfinch and Blackcap= In process of building
Swallow= Just arrived (migrated)
Robin= Currently on 4 eggs
(updates of nests in future blogs)