We erected lots of new nest-boxes earlier in the year and a good number of these have been occupied by blue tits, great tits and nuthatches. Larger boxes were also provided for both tawny and barn owls, woodpeckers and gooseanders.
|Great tit's nest with eight eggs|
Swallows have arrived back at the stables and are already checking out possible nest-sites. We will again be installing a camera at a suitable nest and viewing live on-screen footage in the wildlife room. Great tits have also again used one of the nest-boxes and footage of these can also be seen. Sadly the tawny owl nest-box has not been occupied this year.
|Tawny owl in nest-box|
Summer visitors are arriving now with blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler all singing from prominent perches to advertise their presence and attract a mate. Listen also for skylarks and curlew on the 'Skyline Walk' and lots of other songbirds around the woodland walks.
This sunday 29th April our Conservation Rangers are leading a 'Dawn Chorus' walk looking for and listening to Gibside's birds and hopefully other elusive wildlife. The walk starts at 5.30 a.m. and a charge of £6.00 includes refreshments. Places are limited and booking is essential on 01207 541820.