Tyn y Cwm  'Small house in the Valley' Holiday Home - Bird watching heaven in tranquil Mid-Wales
     YEAR
Nest Boxes
Boxes Used
Eggs Laid
No. Fledged
Notes
      2005
        9
        6
        44
         37
 
      2006
      14
        7
        69
         59
      2007
      16
        9
        65
         47
      2008
      17
      12
      106
         87
      2009
      18
      13
      113
         26
All Blue Tits died
      2010  
      19
        8
        66
         50
      2011
      19
      13
        93
         66
 
      2012
      20
      16
        91
         39
Very small broods
      2013
      23
      15
        93
         61
  
      2014
      27
      16
      109
         78
 
      2015
      27
      18 
      136
         98 
 
      2016
      29
      16
      114
         91
 
    Since 2005 I have placed a number of nest boxes around the garden and in the adjoining oak wood. I had hoped to get some Pied Flycatchers  nesting and over the years this has succeeded better than I ever hoped.
   However some years things have not gone very smoothly and several of the young birds have failed to fledge, poor weather seems to have been the biggest factor.
    Above is a table giving my results so far.
 
    Blue Tits have been by far the most common bird using my boxes. Had a Spotted Flycatcher in 2005 but none since. In 2015 we found a Spotted Flycatcher nest in the woodland garden and the 5 eggs all hatched, however something took the young chicks. It then moved to a ledge above our bathroom window and was successful, returning again in 2016.
    Had the first Pied Flycatcher in 2007, and had at least one pair since, building up to 6. 2015  saw 7 nests started but sadly no eggs were laid in one nest so I still feel my record is still 6.
    The other species have  been Great Tits, Redstarts and Pied Wagtails. 
 
 
     It's the return of the spring migrants and the sound of the cuckoo and the wood warbler I really look forward to. The earliest return was a swallow on April 7th in 2007, but the usual period is 15th April to the end of the month, then May is great to see them around the house and in the wood.
     The sound of the cuckoo has been normally been first heard over those last two April weeks, 2016 it was 24th, and the wonderful call was heard regularly in May and into June. 
      In 2016 the first bird back I saw here was a Pied Flycatcher on April 14th.
 
  
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