After a warm lunch sitting in New Meadow we managed to put up 6 of the boxes in the area around the hide meaning that they will be easy to monitor for occupation. My ultimate aim is to have at least 50 nest boxes throughout Scrag to help the hole-nesting species to reinforce the breeding bird population. All these nest boxes will be numbered, mapped and monitored in the coming years. The barn owl boxes are huge and require ropes and ladders to put up so this will be done in the next couple of weeks. Interestingly, I've heard a report of a barn owl seen hunting in the surrounding fields although no one seems to know where they breed. By providing a few nesting alternatives might mean more of these ghosts gliding and hovering in view from Scrag, which in itself will be fantastic but may also provide photographic opportunities.
Other sightings today: 6 roe deer, 1 buzzard, 4 great spotted woodpeckers chasing (pair-bonding behaviour), GS woodpeckers also drumming.