Daily Archives: February 23, 2009

A nest box attacked by a predator

This nest box has been attacked.

I do not know what type of wood the nest box is made of but it is thinner than the usual nest boxes that I buy.  This photograph was taken last year when it was fine and sunny.

Predator has been trying to get at the eggs or chicks

Predator has been trying to get at the eggs or chicks

 Woodpeckers drill an entrance with their chisel beaks

I think that is what has happened in the photo above.

It’s a case of bird eating bird again.

Squirrels, weasels, cats, crows and great spotted woodpeckers are among the predators of birds.

Our garden birds are subject to attack from ground and air.

I do have other nest boxes that are stronger which have not been attacked.

There are ‘guards’ that can be put over a bird box entrance hole. 

Bird Guardian

 These plastic guards cost £5.99 and these seem a good idea as they stop predators attacking the actual bird box entrance. Take a look at how to purchase the BIRD GUARDIAN

Tough woodcrete nest boxes are very good as predators cannot make the entrance holE larger so they cannot  get to the eggs or chicks inside – which is what has happened in our nest box in the photo

SCHWEGLER 3 HOLE NEST BOX 

Schwegler 3-Hole Box

£23.99 plus delivery charges – it will last years and  as well as giving protection to the birds inside it gives a good insulation which helps chicks in the nest during their vulnerable time in the nest.

To find out all about the Schwegler 3 Hole Nest Box CLICK HERE

Hunting of Lapwings

How can anyone hunt a bird such as the lapwing?  But they do.

France, Spain, Italy, Malta and Greece are some of the countries that lure lapwings to what seems to be an ideal roost site but which in fact is a deadly trap for these birds.

It seems there is a video on YouTube about it (which I have not seen) which shows the netting of hundreds of lapwings which have been lured to their death.

Also people make ponds especially  to lure the lapwings and the lapwings get trapped by the nets as they land to feed.

These are not small ponds or traps they can catch many lapwings

Lapwing numbers have declined in Britain.

For more information visit  Committee Against Bird Slaughter

To read about the hunting of birds in the Ardennes and the South of France CLICK HERE

Lapwings  are on the red list of endangered species in Europe