|Male with unusually dark facial disc feathering.|
Earlier today Peter and I revisited one of our regular breeding sites near to Tabley. I had found both adults in the nest box at the end of May and was reasonably optimistic that they would have managed to raise young, even in this most dismal of breeding seasons.
Thankfully the birds did not disappoint us and there were two healthy youngsters in the box. Unusually with the young being present, both adults were also in the nest box; it is certainly normal for the male to be roosting elsewhere by this stage and often the female has also left to roost with him as well.
|Peter with the two youngsters.|
|Elder female chick.|