That’s right! The birds are busy and no more so than the wild red-billed choughs of Cornwall.
As we head towards the breeding season, we know that there are approximately twenty four choughs spread out along the Cornish coast from the south east to the north.
Unfortunately, over winter it looked like the population had lost two breeding pairs with a chough from each one vanishing. That was made more sad by one of those pairs being an established pair who have raised a good number of chicks since 2011. In fact, last year they had four chicks fledge the nest and all four are still alive having made it through their first winter which is a happy but sadly a rare occurance in the chough world.
Now for the happy news! At the beginning of the year, we were looking at four established breeding pairs with the possibility of a new pair but all of a sudden we are watching nine pairs! That’s right, NINE pairs!
That is the highest number since the chough recolonised in Cornwall in 2001.
They may not all breed this year but we are watching them all and will let you know how they get on.