We have not been able to update for a while, because we’ve been so busy with our normal jobs. In the meantime, the dawn chorus happening everyday in Cornwall has really ramped up.

You may have noticed more birds around, and lots more bird noise and singing and tweeting, (even during the day!)…. and this is because they are in mating season, nesting, raising a brood and feeding their young!

As I mentioned in my Valentine’s Day post, the birds were in flirting mode in February. If the weather has not disturbed them since then (when really warm followed by a sudden drop in temperature), then many nests are well on their way to having a brood, which means there may even be room later in the season for some birds to raise a second brood.

I  am very lucky that in Cornwall I am able to be part of a volunteer group that works with the British Trust for Ornithology, and pictures are often shared of the most beautiful nests that you have ever seen! 

This photograph below was taken by Andrew and shows a beautiful song thrush nest which has even been decorated with berries – how lovely !

Please be assured that no nests are ever disturbed by this nest monitoring as all BTO volunteers follow a strict code of conduct to make sure that birds are left alone as much as possible

Nest monitoring helps count the number of birds in any given year, and this citizen science research is fed back into the BTO and other organisations and used to monitor the effects of disease and climate change on bird populations (for example).

Below is a picture of a Wren’s nest by Simon. Wren’s often build their nests in small secret hideaway places between walls and trees and this one is absolutely divine.