Pied Flycatchers

Kingswood Burn, East Steel, Whitfield, nr Hexham.

Kingswood Burn

This nest box scheme is located in the valley of the Kingswood Burn. The scheme was originally set up by Jane Lindsay of Whitfield. It is on land which was owned by Stephen Croxford-Adams. The farm is now in new ownership, the current owner being Davina Bell. Fortunately she is keen for the nest box scheme to continue.

The Kingswood Burn is in a steep sided stream valley with deciduous woodland. There are 56 nest boxes, most of which are now at head height and so are more easily accessible. From a peak in 2007 of 16 clutches, there were 10 in 2014.

2007-2014

Clutches Eggs Mean clutch size Broods Pulli Mean brood size
2007 16 108 6.8 14 87 6.2
2008 13 na na 13 72 5.6
2009 9 66 7.3 7 br ringed 45 6.4
1 br fledged not ringed 6  
1 br not ringed 6  
Total 9 57 6.3
2010 13 79 (12 clutches) 6.6 10 br ringed 56 5.6
2 br died 15  
1 br not accessed ? ?
Total 13 71 5.9 (12 broods)
2011 15 84 (12 clutches) 7.0 10 br ringed 56 5.6
1 br died 7  
4 br fledged ?  
Total 15 63 5.7 (11 broods)
2012 10 61 6.1 7 br ringed 42  
3 br not ringed 16  
Total 10 58 5.8 (10 broods)
2013 5 30 6.0 4 br ringed 23  
1 br not ringed 6  
total 29 5.8 (5 broods)
2014 10 61 6.1 1 br ringed 6  
9 br not ringed 38  
Total 10 44 (+ 2 broods of 5 and 6 pulli died within 2 days of hatching) 5.5 (10 broods)

Gill Beck, Barningham, nr Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.

Gill Beck

This nest box scheme was started in 1997. It is in Gill Beck on the Barningham and Holgate Estate owned by Sir Anthony Milbank. It consists of 44 boxes. Over the past 18 years there have been a total of 118 breeding attempts by Pied Flycatchers, producing at least 747 pulli with a mean brood size of 6.5 (range 5.3-9.5). The maximum number of breeding attempts in any one year was 11 in 2011.

Pied Flycatchers from this site have been controlled in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. The Cumbrian record was a bird of the year, which moved west into Cumbria and was controlled in early autumn on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

A Pied Flycatcher, ringed in NW Spain, on 24 September 2000, as a bird of the year, was controlled on 22 May 2002. The ring was poorly fitted and a little distorted. With the permission of the BTO, the bird was re-ringed.

Year Pairs Chicks Mean brood size
1997 4 26 6.3
1998 6 57 9.5
1999 8 51 6.4
2000 2 14 7.0
2001 2 12 6.0
2002 7 44 6.3
2003 3 23 7.7
2004 7 39 5.6
2005 6 32 5.3
2006 3 20 6.6
2007 7 51 7.3
2008 8 58 7.3
2009 9 48 6.0
2010 9 66 7.3
2011 11 63 (9br) 7.0
2012 9 58 6.4
2013 8 43 5.4
2014 9 42(7br) 6.0
Total 118 747 6.5

Burnhope Wood, Edmundbyers, Co. Durham.

Burnhope Wood

Previously this site and nest box scheme was operated by the Durham Ringing Group in the 1980s and intermittently since. Permission to ring is through the Muggleswick Estate. The current scheme was started in 2010 and consists of 60 boxes.

 

Clutches Eggs Pulli Mean clutch Mean brood
2010 6 44 44 7.3 7.3
2011 7 52 41 7.4 5.6
2012 6 38 35 6.3 5.8
2013 6 40 39 6.7 6.5
2014 7 47 44 6.7 6.3

Pied Flycatchers form this site have been controlled in Lancashire and at the Linnels, Hexham.

JS Nov2014

Pied flycatcher image by Ian Fisher. Habitat images by John Strowger.

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