The weekend produced what may be the last Stonechat nest of the year, containing 4 healthy chicks about 8 days old.
I then checked on the last Wood Warbler nest of the year and its fate matched that of the species generally this year. Four eggs produced three chicks, one disappeared before ringing and the final check produced two dead chicks. The contents of the nest were too gruesome to show you as they were being consumed by a couple of Nicrophorus vespilloides beetles and the larvae of the Calliphorid fly Protocalliphora azurea.
|Adult male Red-backed Shrike!|