Blue tits and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Shipley Glen

Early June I went to Shipley Glen again to look at the nests I had seen before on the guided walk from Bracken Hall Countryside Centre.

Blue Tit adult

There was still activity at one of the Blue Tit’s nests I had seen. This one has a convenient landing strip in front of it.

Blue Tit adult

It was quite narrow getting in but it had plenty of head room.

Blue tit adult and faecal sac

And of course the adults came out with faecal sacs from the chicks.

Blue Tit adults. Queuing to feed

Both adults were busy feeding and had to sometimes wait for the other adult to leave the nest before going in themselves.

Blue Tit adult

The adults didn’t need the landing strip when leaving the nest. They were happy to just launch themselves into the air.

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker with Food

The Great Spotted Woodpecker nest was also busy. This is the male bringing in food.

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker with Food

The female with Mayfly for the chick(s)

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker with Food

The male with Mayfly

Great Spotted Woodpecker chick calling

The chick(s) kept up a constant “Chip, Chip, Chip” while I was watching. I sounded loud from where I was so it must have been almost deafening in the confines of the nest.

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding chick

Feeding the chicks looked a risky business. The chick sometimes lunged out with open beak for the food and the adult had to quickly retreat or get a sharp peck.

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding chick

When I have seen other birds being fed either their beaks were short or looked soft yellow openings. The Woodpecker chicks though seemed to already have a beak capable of chipping away at wood.

Ducklings

Mallard ducklings on Cragg Hebble Dam on Loadpit Beck at the bottom of Shipley Glen. There were also dozens of Azure Damselflies all paired up to lay their eggs. Last year I also saw several Grey Wagtails catching the damselflies but not on this visit; only a Jay jumping about on the edge mostly hidden by branches so no photo.

Nuthatch

Heading back up to Bracken Hall Green I first heard and then spotted a Nuthatch.

Speckled Wood Butterfly

There were several Speckled Wood Butterfly flitting about but few of them landed so that I could get a photo.

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