Tag Archives: Nature

Plucking Post

(Please note: this update from the woods isn’t for the fainthearted) While out visiting nest boxes this week we came across a taste of the wilder, more ferocious side of nature. Next to the path we found the remains of … Continue reading

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The first mixed family at SDU!

While I was out ringing the rapidly growing chicks at SDU this weekend I came across something unusual, and very exciting! When I reached box 82, on the edge of the woods, I had a quick look in to ensure … Continue reading

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The breeding season is flying by!

Over the last 2 weeks things have progressed at an alarming rate in the woods. In about 18 days, the newly hatched baby birds develop from being blind, naked and helpless to alert and fully feathered strong “teenage” birds. When … Continue reading

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Orchids in bloom at SDU

I joined one of our dedicated nest monitors in the woods today to get up to speed on what’s happening in the secret lives of birds. Although the weather was overcast and wet, the sights and sounds in the woods … Continue reading

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Cuckoo at SDU

Yesterday I heard my first Cuckoo of the season, and luckily it was very close to SDU! I didn’t see the bird, but I have a good idea where it’s territory is. The months of May and June are the … Continue reading

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Hatching has begun!

The first Great Tit (musvit) chicks have hatched at SDU! This happened sometime between 29th April and 2nd May in Box 101 which is located near entrance P under the noisy corvid colony at SDU. As you can see the … Continue reading

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Barn Swallows are back!

  On the 17th of April, after visiting some nest boxes in the southern part of the woods I spotted my first Barn Swallows (landsvale) of the year flying low over the fields next to the university in Odense. As … Continue reading

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No holidays for the birds!

Many females, both Great tits and Blue tits have begun incubating eggs in the nest boxes around the woods during the Easter break. The majority of boxes appear to be occupied, with nests, and a large proportion of these have … Continue reading

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How to tell what species have moved in?

At SDU the breeding season is in full swing with numerous eggs being laid every single day in 100+ nest boxes in the woods surrounding the university in Odense (Denmark). The birds begin building their nests with moss, twigs and … Continue reading

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Nest boxes survive stormy weather

After the storms which hit Denmark at the end of last year, I paid a visit to all 102 nest boxes to check for damage. We were very lucky and only 2 boxes needed to be rescued. Box 10 in … Continue reading

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