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Marjorie and I mind several RSPB Badge boxes, one of which is in the café at Wellington Farm which is near Mitchells cattle market. The owner of the café, knowing of our interest in birds asked us to obtain and erect some bird boxes in a wood adjacent to the farm where he has a nature trail. We obtained ten boxes, some with open fronts for robins, wrens or spotted flycatchers, some with 25 mm holes for blue tits, others with 32mm holes for great tits, tree and house sparrows. Nailing them to pine trees was easy but we also put some on oak trees which took a lot more effort and bent several nails before we succeeded. A few minutes after we put up the last box, Marjorie went back to photograph one of them and found it was already being explored by a great tit. Later in the year, we will go back and see how the boxes have been used and in late- autumn, we will clean them out.


The house sparrows in our garden have been busy exploring and defending the nest boxes


and crevices in our garage roof but so far, I have not seen any take in nesting material, but I don’t expect it will be long before they do.


The wood pigeons are also showing signs of wanting to breed. Males are displaying to females and chasing away rivals. Last year, one pair nested in an old ivy-clad cherry tree visible from our sitting room window and I hope something similar happens this year.


The RSPB West Cumbria Group’s next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 6th March in United Reformed Church, Main Street Cockermouth, when Keeley Spate will tell us about CumbriaBogsLIFE+ Project. All are welcome.


More details from www.rspb.org.uk/groups/westcumbria or from Group Leader Dave Smith on 01900 85347, or Marjorie and Neil on 01900 825231.


ISSUE 423 | 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | 57 Neil Hutchin


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